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It’s a moment when the tables turned, and a health professional was reminded of how difficult it is to get help, once everyday folks get the gumption to ask.
WHEN THE COUNSELOR NEEDS HELP: ‘I DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO REALLY DIGEST 9/11’PETULA DVORAKSEPTEMBER 9, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Miss Manners recognizes that this takes gumption and that is the reason that hosts are expected to save their guests that anxiety by making introductions.
MISS MANNERS: AGGRESSION FROM OLDER MEN LEAVES YOUNG WOMAN AT A LOSSJUDITH MARTIN, NICHOLAS MARTIN, JACOBINA MARTINAPRIL 15, 2021WASHINGTON POST
He negotiated tooth prices with Molly in days-long back-and-forth communication, and she generally won, but only after showing gumption.
GENE WEINGARTEN: MEET FRED, THE TOOTH FAIRYGENE WEINGARTENMARCH 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
I guess he just stayed there because he happened to light there and didn't have gumption enough to git out.
CABIN FEVERB. M. BOWER
This town is God's own country, and there's opportunity for anybody with a pound of energy and an ounce o' gumption.
THE TURMOILBOOTH TARKINGTON
"Other one has the gumption," said Sharon, casting a final rain of cigar ash upon the abused rug at his feet.
THE WRONG TWINHARRY LEON WILSON
Well, she's got more gumption than any one I've seen here so far—seems to take an interest in what she's doing.
SISTER CARRIETHEODORE DREISER
I only wonder that Chicago, with her accredited 'git' and 'gumption,' has not accepted my plan before.
WISCONSIN IN STORY AND SONG;VARIOUS
Now a course of formal instruction in administrative gumption is one that no librarian with any gumption would attempt to give.
PAPERS AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION HELD AT OTTAWA, CANADA JUNE 26-JULY 2, 1912VARIOUS
But no, he had too much gumption to undertake the stern-father racket.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IRVIN S. (IRVIN SHREWSBURY) COBB
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO GUMPTION

  • backbone
  • determination
  • doggedness
  • fortitude
  • gameness
  • grit
  • gumption
  • guts
  • intestinal fortitude
  • mettle
  • moxie
  • pluck
  • resolution
  • spirit
  • toughness
  • true grit
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