a stiff upper lip

a stiff upper lip

an ability to stay calm and not show feelings of sadness or fear You weren't allowed to show emotion in those days. You had to keep a stiff upper lip at all times. I never once saw my father cry or show any sign of vulnerability - it's that old British stiff upper lip.
See also: lip, stiff, upper
References in classic literature ?
Well, good-by, Uncle Tom; keep a stiff upper lip," said George.
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A STIFF upper lip in the older generation is stopping some from reporting medical conditions that then end up killing them, a recent report tells us.
Summary: Researchers claim a stiff upper lip could be putting British people in mortal danger from cancer.
Football, a stiff upper lip, a love of the monarchy and the imperial weighing system rounded out the top ten.
It will be a case of showing a stiff upper lip throughout November at the Ricoh Arena to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
Zara Phillips struggles to keep a stiff upper lip as she rides her favourite horse for the last time before retiring him.
It may call for more than a stiff upper lip that saw us through the Blitz to survive.
To the Victorians, a stiff upper lip was as essential as starched collars and a good train service.
The poll found that "old Britain" is epitomised in the nation's collective consciousness by a stiff upper lip, impeccable manners and wartime leader Winston Churchill.
But the times, they do a-change, and if Temple seems a bit melancholy about the freak flag flying at half-mast these days, he's keeping a stiff upper lip.
Keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of emotion is pretty hard to do, as I can testify.
They would play the game correctly, with a stiff upper lip but we did it right.
Behnke wasn't certain, however, whether they would be able to continue showing a stiff upper lip if the strike goes on for another week.