(The) The real thing, as “champagne is ... if it be but
the clear grit” (Anglo-Saxon, gryt, bolted flour).
A man of grit, or clear grit, is one of decision, from whom all
doubt or vacillation has been bolted out, as husks from fine flour.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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