screw up courage


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal.
Related to screw up courage: screw courage to the sticking place

screw up one's courage

Fig. to build up one's courage. I guess I have to screw up my courage and go to the dentist. I spent all morning screwing up my courage to take my driver's test.
See also: courage, screw, up

screw up (your) courage

also pluck up (your) courage
to force yourself to be brave Jimmy screwed up his courage and gave Lisa a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine's Day.
See also: courage, screw, up

screw up your courage

to force yourself to be brave and do something that makes you nervous She screwed up her courage and asked to see the manager.
See also: courage, screw, up