hold your head high

hold (one's) head (up) high

To display confidence and pride, especially with one's body language, as a way of showing that one is not ashamed of something. Such behavior often includes literally holding one's head up instead of letting it hang down. I know you're disappointed to have lost, but you should hold your head high—you ran an excellent race.
See also: head, high, hold

hold your head (up) high

be confident or unashamed.
See also: head, high, hold
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Move on, move forward, hold your head high and please recognize that this begging boyfriend is majorly bad news.
If you hold your head high and ride out the storm, someone else will soon be the brunt of local gossip.
So keep your horizons, within your sight Hold your head high, let your heart take flight.
So I say to Joanne: Hold your head high - things will change.
Even if he does, you didn't do anything other couples haven't done before, so hold your head high and proceed more slowly with the next boyfriend.
If the rumour mill churns about you at work or in your community, you've got options: hold your head high and ignore it till it passes, or identify where it started, gather evidence to the contrary and present it to the person responsible.
For now, hold your head high and pay attention to the people and activities that matter to you.
No one would ever know it by looking at you--you hold your head high toward the sky
Try to eat right, stay active, and hold your head high.