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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 ?
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.
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.
But now they are girding their loins for another battle against a would-be developer.
FERN Britton will be girding her new slimline loins for the inevitable onslaught from the team captains as she hosts the first in the new series tonight.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is girding to face some difficult challenges with his own party in the year ahead.
Bankrupt Comair, a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, is girding for lawsuits likely to be filed by victims' families.
If Iran is years away from developing a nuclear weapon, why is Washington girding for war within a matter of months, or weeks?