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gird 1

v. gird·ed or girt (gûrt), gird·ing, girds
a. To encircle (a person or the part of the body) with a belt or band.
b. To fasten or secure (clothing, for example) with a belt or band.
c. To surround.
2. To prepare (oneself) for action.
To prepare for action: "Men still spoke of peace but girded more sternly for war" (W. Bruce Lincoln).
gird (up) (one's) loins
To summon up one's inner resources in preparation for action.

[Middle English girden, from Old English gyrdan; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

gird 2

intr. & tr.v. gird·ed, gird·ing, girds
To jeer or jeer at.
A sarcastic remark.

[Middle English girden, to strike.]
References in classic literature ?
When I was girding up my loins to doubt this, I found out that Tannenwald in this instance was a man's name.
On girding him with the sword the worthy lady said to him, "May God make your worship a very fortunate knight, and grant you success in battle.
But Ulysses lost no time in girding on his sword, and hanging his bow and quiver over his shoulders, and.
We were not very early risers--the sun would be shooting his golden spikes above the Happar mountain, ere I threw aside my tappa robe, and girding my long tunic about my waist, sallied out with Fayaway and Kory-Kory, and the rest of the household, and bent my steps towards the stream.
He ignored the chuckling, grinning, girding black boys, who, but for the fact that he was under the terrible aegis of the big fella white marster, would have delighted to kill and eat the puppy who, in the process of training, was proving a most capable nigger-chaser.
He moved slowly, but he moved in reality, girding himself with rifle, ammunition, matches, and a pack of twenty pounds of moose- meat.
He has learned that way of girding at us in France, I suppose.
It raced to meet the ship, and, with a pause, as of girding the loins, the Nan-Shan lifted her bows and leaped.
Through "Root Women," "Conjure Woman," "Shadow Man," and other projections of memory and pure imagination, the poet practices "disremembering" a history plagued by violent oppression, girding the spirit against the painful past.