whistle past the graveyard

[ wis-uhl pastthuh-greyv-yahrd, hwis- ]

  1. to pretend to be calm, cheerful, and confident in an effort to reassure oneself or others; deny or ignore a threat or problem: I'm holding out hope that we can win this lawsuit, but I might be just whistling past the graveyard.The CEO’s press release reads like a hasty attempt to soothe nervous shareholders, combined with a hint of whistling past the graveyard.

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