Moxie \MOK-see\ , noun;
1. Vigor; verve; pep
2. Courage and aggressiveness
3. Skill; know-how
Moxie was originally the name of an American soft drink. It was first manufactured in 1884 and its formula comes from a patent medicine that was advertised to "build up your nerve." It was among the first mass-produced soft drinks in the United States and it is still sold in some areas (mostly New England). Its flavor is described as a 'delicious blend of bitter and sweet.' The use of moxie as a noun is first attested in 1908.
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