Be made of sterner stuff In english explanation

The meaning, explanation, definition and origin of the idiom/phrase "be made of sterner stuff", English Idiom Dictionary ( also found in Vietnamese )

author Tommy Tran calendar 2021-02-04 02:02

Meaning of Be made of sterner stuff

Be made of sterner stuff literary verb phrase

To be strong, determined, and have the capability to overcome difficulties and troubles than most people

Mr. White is made of sterner stuff. He can handle every difficult situation he gets into.

I never believed I would see Jessy be like that. To me, he was made of sterner stuff than anyone else I knew.

I know Josh could deal with this problem because he's made of sterner stuff.

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Grammar and Usage of Be made of sterner stuff

Verb Forms

  • are made of sterner stuff
  • is made of sterner stuff
  • was made of sterner stuff

The verb "be" should be conjugated according to its tense.

Origin of Be made of sterner stuff

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. (Image Source: Kobo)

The expression originated from the play Julius Caesar by Shakespeare in 1599. In the play, Mark Antony, when speaking at Caesar's funeral, responds to the claim that he is ruthless and determined:

"Did this in Caesar seem ambitious? When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept; Ambition should be made of sterner stuff."

The expression has been used and popularised via literature since then.


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