big-boy pants

big-boy pants

A euphemism for being old or mature enough to do something as an adult man or as an adult man should. Come on, Larry, you need to put on your big-boy pants and own up to your lies. I know you're not a morning person, but put on your big-boy pants and go to work.
See also: pant
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But if you hope to consistently put yourself inside bow range of mature whitetail bucks, you'd better have your big-boy pants cinched up tight.
They have to put on their big-boy pants and big-girl pants," Somerhalder said, while Dobrev added, "The problem is they keep taking their pants off and that keeps getting in the way of things.
A pilot from CHC Helicopter said: "At some point we have to put our big-boy pants on.
A CHC representative added: "At some point, we have to put our big-boy pants on and say either, 'We believe', either what I am telling you is the truth, and I'm willing to sit in the front and risk my family and everything that I have got.