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Language: Old English
Origin: gyrdan

gird

verb
     
gird past tense and past participle girded or girt
1

gird (up) your loins

to get ready to do something difficult - used humorously
2 [intransitive and transitive] if you gird for something, or gird yourself for something, especially something difficult, you prepare for it
gird (yourself) for something
By midsummer both police and protesters were girding for confrontation.

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