gird up one's loins

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To prepare oneself for something demanding.

Etymology:

  • Likely a Hebraism, often used in the King James Bible. Literally referred to the need to strap a belt around one's waist when getting up in order to avoid the cloak falling off.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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