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keep (one's) pecker up

To maintain an optimistic, hopeful, or happy outlook on life, especially in the face of hardship or misfortune. Although "pecker" is a slang term for a penis, in this phrase it refers to the nose, by analogy with a beak. I know it's been a rough few months, but you have to keep your pecker up if you want things to improve! Come on, keep your pecker up, mate! There are plenty of other fish in the sea. These tree frogs have a powerful poison on their backs that helps keep predators at bay.
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keep your pecker up

If someone tells you to keep your pecker up, they are encouraging you remain cheerful in a difficult situation. This phase will soon pass; keep you pecker up, be careful and think hard. Note: You can also say that someone keeps their pecker up if they manage to remain cheerful. The Scot was doing his best to keep his pecker up. Note: `Pecker' was a slang term for the nose, comparing it to a bird's beak. If someone is unhappy, they tend to look downwards so that their nose points towards the ground.
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1. n. the penis. (Usually objectionable.) He held his hands over his pecker and ran for the bedroom.
2. n. a stupid or obnoxious male. (Usually objectionable.) You stupid pecker! Get out of here!

pecker slap

1. n. an act of striking a male in the genitals. She pecker slapped him and watched him writhe in pain.
2. tv. to strike a make in the genitals. We’ll pecker slap those guys with every dodge ball we throw.
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Boobies, Peckers, and Tits: One Man's Naked Perspective" is a terrifically entertaining read from beginning to end in a kind of personal journal that will have immense appeal for bird watchers, naturalists, and anyone else who has ever aspired to march to the sound of a different drum.
Like the Queen Mum, she once kept eastenders' peckers up after they were blitzed.
God doing the rumpy-pumpy in public have outflanked Gilbert & George's peckers.
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Rigby, of Peckers Hill Road, Sutton, St Helens, admitted driving without due care and without a licence and insurance.
And Pat cheekily added: "The support helped to keep the swimmers' peckers up.