Have the guts

Possess the courage, as in Does he have the guts to dive off the high board? This expression replaces the earlier and now obsolete sense of stomach as “courage,” a usage from the early 1500s. [ ; late 1800s ]


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  • Have the inside track

    verb phrase To have a strong advantage, esp one based on some fortuitous circumstance: All the candidates look OK, but Hester has the inside track because she’s single [1857+; fr the advantage that a racer has by being nearest the inside of the track and having therefore the shortest distance to run]

  • Have the jump

    verb phrase To enjoy a lead or advantage; be ahead of: Who has the jump in this election? (1912+)

  • Have the makings of

    Have the abilities or qualities needed to become something, as in She has the makings of a fine teacher, or, as Shakespeare put it in Henry VIII (4:1): “She had all the royal makings of a Queen.” [ Late 1500s ]

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