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 for To put one one''s mettle
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mettle \Met"tle\, n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in
     allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See
     Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards
     honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; --
     usually in a good sense; as, to test a person's mettle.
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           A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what
           mettle his heart is made of.             --South.
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           Gentlemen of brave mettle.               --Shak.
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           The winged courser, like a generous horse,
           Shows most true mettle when you check his course.
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     To put one one's mettle, to cause or incite one to use
        one's best efforts.
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