One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the teenager injured his spine playing rugby’
backbone, spinal column, vertebral column, vertebrae
technical dorsum, rachis
2‘players of very high quality who will form the spine of our side’
mainstay, backbone, cornerstone, foundation, basis
3‘he has shown a great deal of spine this year’
strength of character, strength of will, firmness of purpose, firmness, resolution, resolve, determination, fortitude, mettle, moral fibre, backbone, steel, nerve, spirit, pluck, pluckiness, courage, courageousness, bravery, braveness, valour, manliness
informal guts, grit, spunk
British informal bottle
vulgar slang balls
4‘the spines of a hedgehog’
needle, quill, bristle, barb, spike, prickle
technical spicule, spicula, spiculum, spinule
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