Bottle: If you have or show bottle, you have courage, particularly under pressure. Conversely, if you lack bottle, you are not brave. Often, if a player pulls out of a tackle, they may be said to bottle it – meaning to avoid something that requires courage.
- Example: Before winning Euro 2008 Spain were often accused of lacking bottle in international tournaments.
- (Headline) Douglas: Brentford showed bottle in Bournemouth comeback
Bottle: Courage, particularly under pressure (to lack bottle)