to keep a stiff upper lip

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - keep a stiff upper lip

"to keep a stiff upper lip"

to not show emotion or feelings when upset;

to remain stoic during times of trouble


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - keep a stiff upper lip

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you gotten your termination notice?

Colleague 2:  I got my notice yesterday.

Colleague 1:  But you seem so calm.

Colleague 2:  I was taught to keep a stiff upper lip in times of trouble.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - keep a stiff upper lip

Two friends are talking after a skiing accident ...

Friend 1:  I think you broke your leg.

Friend 2:  No problem. Let's get the rescue team out.

Friend 1:  Aren't you in a lot of pain?

Friend 2:  It is excruciating but I'm not going to show it in front of all these people.

Friend 1:  I admire your stiff upper lip.

to keep a stiff upper lip - Usage:


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to keep a stiff upper lip - Gerund Form:

Keeping a stiff upper lip when hurt on the sports field is common.

to keep a stiff upper lip - Examples:

1)  ... kids that during tough times, as much as we might try to keep a stiff upper lip and pretend to be strong, generally we have to accept that.

2)  He is really very upset and tries to keep a stiff upper lip but it is obviously very hard.

3)  ... platitudes such as "Oh you'll get through it"... "Keep a stiff upper lip." Fortunately, I am very skilled at noticing my self-talk.

4)  If adversity is something you tackle alone and keep a stiff upper lip, then resentment is building up on your part.

5)  ... just take a look at Downton Abbey to see how we keep a stiff upper lip and don't like to wear our heart on our sleeve.

6)  Sharon will just have to do what millions of UK folks do, keep a stiff upper lip, bear with it, and get on with what's left of ...

7)  ... luckily they have the advantage of knowing how to keep a stiff upper lip, rather than indulge in embarrassing self-pity and pathetic demands for special treatment.

8)  Men pour feelings into their bodies and keep a stiff upper lip.

9)  How we managed to keep a stiff upper lip and not panic I do not know!

10)  Together we will keep a stiff upper lip and put up a brave front. 

11)  But as with every other break up, I will keep a stiff upper lip, pretend its okay but still find myself sneaking back to read old ...

12)  ... it's all okay just as long as we keep a stiff upper lip, suppress our emotions, and behave courteously.

13)  However much it hurts inside, you smile and keep a stiff upper lip.

14)  Thank you so much to all of you who keep a stiff upper lip and keep posting positive and uplifting words.

15)  ... don't exhibit those traits, and pressure to suck it up and keep a stiff upper lip rather than seeking help for emotional troubles.

16)  ... so I can definitely relate to applying for jobs and keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of rejection.

17)  This is the self-deluding practice of simply keeping a stiff upper lip while trying to walk on water.

18)  ... your media crowed over the manner how British man on the street was keeping a stiff upper lip on the face of unmitigated terror.

19)  It's no use in keeping a stiff upper lip, You can weep, you can sleep You can loosen your grip ...

20)  It's part of the whole English reluctance to show affection and keeping a stiff upper lip.