Nearby words

  1. lionly,
  2. lions,
  3. lions club,
  4. liouville,
  5. liouville's theorem,
  6. lip gloss,
  7. lip microphone,
  8. lip molding,
  9. lip out,
  10. lip reading

Idioms

Origin of lip

before 1000; Middle English lip(pe), Old English lippa; cognate with Dutch lip, German Lippe; akin to Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

Related formslip·less, adjectivelip·like, adjectiveout·lip, verb (used with object), out·lipped, out·lip·ping.un·der·lip, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for keep a stiff upper lip

lip

/ (lɪp) /

noun

verb lips, lipping or lipped

See also lip out

Derived Formslipless, adjectiveliplike, adjective

Word Origin for lip

Old English lippa; related to Old High German leffur, Norwegian lepe, Latin labium

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Word Origin and History for keep a stiff upper lip
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Medicine definitions for keep a stiff upper lip

lip

[ lĭp ]

n.

Either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth.
A liplike structure bounding or encircling a bodily cavity or groove.

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Idioms and Phrases with keep a stiff upper lip

keep a stiff upper lip

Show courage in the face of pain or adversity. For example, I know you're upset about losing the game, but keep a stiff upper lip. This expression presumably alludes to the trembling lips that precede bursting into tears. [Early 1800s]

lip

In addition to the idioms beginning with lip

  • lips are sealed, one's
  • lip service

also see:

  • button up (one's lip)
  • keep a stiff upper lip
  • lick one's chops (lips)
  • pass one's lips
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