put a stout heart to a stey brae


put a stout heart to a stey brae
A Scottish proverb also used as a metaphorical phrase. A stey brae is a ‘steep slope’.

a 1585 A. MONTGOMERIE Cherry & Sloe (1821) xxxvi. So gets ay, that sets ay, Stout stomackis to the brae.

1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 287 Set a stout Heart to a stay Brea. Set about a difficult Business with Courage and Constancy.

1821 J. GALT Annals of Parish i. I began a round of visitations; but oh, it was a steep brae that I had to climb, and it needed a stout heart. For I found the doors..barred against me.

1916 J. BUCHAN Greenmantle xii. He..shouted to me..to ‘pit a stoot hert tae a stey brae’.

1937 S. SCOTT Crazy Murder Show v. Like the walls of Jericho, their resistance will eventually crumble if you peg away long enough. A stout heart to a stey brae, as my Inverness grandmother used to say.


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