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stiff upper lip

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stiff upper lip

noun phrase

Courage or resolution in the face of fear or danger (1815+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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  • "Well, good-by, Uncle Tom; keep a stiff upper lip," said George.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • You'd better just keep a stiff upper lip and face the music.

  • Very well, let it be so, I can keep a stiff upper lip, I believe.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • I was forced to keep a stiff upper lip, but the task was not a slight one.

  • Keep a stiff upper lip—don't be cowed, and you're bound to win.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • Keep a stiff upper lip, both on yo', an' we'll try t' manage him.

  • Keep a stiff upper lip; stay by Bess, and I'll stay by you, obligation or no obligation.

    Double Trouble

    Herbert Quick
  • She kept a stiff upper lip and her eyes were dry as they discussed the plans.

    Lucia Rudini

    Martha Trent
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stiff upper lip

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