Something that either your parents or grandparents or another memeber of your family tells you happens, but it actually doesn't. It's just to sucker you into doing the activity.
C'mon, help your grandmother adjust her girdle. It builds character!
by Brian/Larry/Ziggy/Morpheus July 07, 2004
A term used by parents and guardians to give certain weight to doing tasks normally not enjoyed/wanted (ie chores, homework).

"Building character" should be defined as creating strength within yourself to complete tasks that you normally would not appreciate doing when you don't have someone forcing your actions.
Son : But, MOM!!! I don't want to mow the grass!
Mother : Do it anyway.
Father : Yes, son, it builds character.
by dezy July 07, 2004
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