phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

The meaning and origin of the expression: Stiffen the sinews

Browse phrases beginning with:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T UV W XYZ - Full List


Stiffen the sinews

more like this...
...other phrases about:

Meaning

Become resolute and purposeful.

Origin

From the celebrated 'Once more unto the breach' speech, from Shakespeare's Henry V, 1598:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood...

See other phrases and sayings from Shakespeare.