Definition of be made of sterner stuff in US English:

be made of sterner stuff

phrase

  • Have a stronger character and be more able to overcome problems than others.

    ‘whereas James was deeply wounded by the failure, George was made of sterner stuff’
    • ‘But Jeanne is made of sterner stuff than me, so head over there if you think you can bear to read the most recent developments.’
    • ‘Not a good sign, to be sure, but the rest of us were made of sterner stuff.’
    • ‘But the elite athletes of the ancient world, it seems, were made of sterner stuff.’
    • ‘Roberts is made of sterner stuff than her hometown image suggests.’
    • ‘I can only pray our next Prime Minister is made of sterner stuff.’
    • ‘Livy kept fidgeting, and I knew she was dying to talk about Haley, but Noelle was made of sterner stuff.’
    • ‘To him disappointment means little, he is made of sterner stuff.’
    • ‘At your age, your Grandmother and Father were made of sterner stuff and showed more consideration for their future role.’
    • ‘I suppose leaders were made of sterner stuff back then.’
    • ‘Thankfully, our medieval forbears were made of sterner stuff.’