One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Prepare oneself for (dangerous or difficult future actions).
- ‘So, in this alternate history, just as in our real history, America once more girds itself for war.’
- ‘The news will have surprised the company's lawyers, who only this week were girding themselves for the next round of litigation.’
- ‘There's no point in delaying it any longer, and Ian girds himself for her reaction by staring at her with a steel-like gaze.’
- ‘With all the players on the political stage girding themselves up for the 2007 presidential elections, the race for the presidency has already begun.’
- ‘The students had girded themselves for the slopes in three distinct modes.’
- ‘A local official said the country must gird itself for a ‘disaster scenario.’’
- ‘Do we really need them, or would we better off just girding ourselves for a huge fight and getting rid of them?’
- ‘He girds himself for an onslaught of late-night callers asking for analysis of the election results.’
- ‘Both teachers sigh and mentally gird themselves for the next battle.’
- ‘So, in a sense, it is understandable that we gird ourselves for this sober second anniversary with a lingering sense of uncertainty.’
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