Meaning of “on your mettle” in the English Dictionary

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"on your mettle" in British English

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on your mettle

UK ready to do something as well as you can in a difficult situation:

Both players were on their mettle in the final round.
Cooking for such important people really puts you on your mettle.

(Definition of “on your mettle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)