moxie

[mok-see]
noun Slang.
1.
vigor; verve; pep.
2.
courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
3.
skill; know-how.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism; after Moxie, a trademark (name of a soft drink)

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moxie (ˈmɒksɪ)
 
n
slang (US), (Canadian) courage, nerve, or vigour
 
[from the trademark Moxie, a soft drink]

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moxie
1908, popularized by Moxie, trademark name registered 1924 for a bitter non-alcoholic beverage; the word was used as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve," and it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word.
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Moxie definition

language, music
A language for real-time computer music synthesis, written in XPL.
["Moxie: A Language for Computer Music Performance", D. Collinge, Proc Intl Computer Music Conf, Computer Music Assoc 1984, pp.217-220].
(1994-12-05)

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Example sentences
Of course, it takes a certain amount of moxie or youthful insouciance to
  actually make the look work.
The girl has moxie, you gotta give her that.
The son of a shop teacher, he had the woodcrafting moxie to build his own track.
My theory is that the rider's cowboy hat contributes mightily to the judges'
  impression of the animal's moxie.
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