To be strong and resistant; be sturdily stoic; persist; tough it out: Cook claimed that he was innocent of any wrongdoing and until last week insisted that he would ”gut it out” (1970s+)
Also, tough it out. Show pluck and perseverance in the face of opposition or adversity. For example, I know it’s hard but we’ll just have to gut it out, or His boss has a terrible temper, but Joe is determined to tough it out. The first term dates from the mid-1900s; the variant was first recorded in 1860.
[guht-lis] /ˈgʌt lɪs/ adjective, Informal. 1. lacking courage, fortitude, or determination. /ˈɡʌtlɪs/ adjective 1. (informal) lacking courage or determination adj. “cowardly,” 1900, from gut (n.) in the figurative “spirit” sense (see guts) + -less. Literal sense is from c.1600. Related: Gutlessly. adjective Cowardly; feeble; chicken (1915+)
- Gutless wonder
noun a completely insipid, spineless person Examples The president is a gutless wonder. Usage Note derogatory slang noun A totally insipid and spineless person: gutless wonders never knowing which way is up
- Gut reaction
noun 1. a reaction to a situation derived from a person’s instinct and experience noun See gut feeling noun phrase An immediate and instinctive response; an intuition; hunch: if the public-opinion polls and gut reaction count for anything (1968+)
[guht] /gʌt/ noun 1. the alimentary canal, especially between the pylorus and the anus, or some portion of it. Compare , , . 2. guts. 3. the belly; stomach; abdomen. 4. the substance forming the case of the intestine; intestinal tissue or fiber: sheep’s gut. 5. a preparation of the intestines of an animal, used […]