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en•dur•ance(ɛnˈdʊər əns, -ˈdyʊər-)
(See also PERSEVERANCE.)
bite the bullet To suffer pain without expressing fear; to grit one’s teeth and do what has to be done. This phrase derives from the supposed practice of giving a wounded soldier a bullet to bite on to channel his reaction to intense pain. This practice preceded the first use of anesthesia (in the U.S.) in 1844. By 1891, the phrase was used figuratively.
Bite on the bullet, old man, and don’t let them think you’re afraid. (Rudyard Kipling, The Light that Failed, 1891)
It is analogous to other phrases describing rituals such as take a deep breath and grit your teeth, which refer to preparing one-self or pulling one-self together in order to experience or do something unpleasant.
roll with the punches To endure with equanimity, not to be thrown by the blows of fate; to be resilient, bending slightly under pressure then bouncing back; to have the balanced perspective that comes of experiencing hardship. This common metaphor obviously owes its origin to pugilism.
stand the gaff To endure punishment, criticism, or ridicule; to sustain one-self through a period of stress or hardship; to keep one’s chin up. In this expression, gaff may refer to the steel spurs worn by fighting cocks, or it may derive from a Scottish term for noisy and abusive language.
Neil has got to stand the gaff for what he’s done. (W. M. Raine, B. O’Connor, 1910)
take it on the chin To face adversity courageously; to withstand punishment, to persevere against the odds; to bounce back from hardship with an undefeated attitude. This American slang expression originated in boxing.
I liked the Williams’ because of the way they took life on the chin. (D. Lytton, Goddam White Man, 1960)
|Noun||1.||endurance - the power to withstand hardship or stress; "the marathon tests a runner's endurance"|
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
sufferance - patient endurance especially of pain or distress
tolerance - the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
|2.||endurance - a state of surviving; remaining alive|
aliveness, animation, living, life - the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
subsistence - a means of surviving; "farming is a hard means of subsistence"
to come to the end of one's endurance → no poder más, llegar a sus límites
past or beyond endurance → inaguantable, insoportable
to be tried beyond endurance → ser puesto a prueba
it tested his powers of endurance → puso a prueba su resistencia