screw up courage
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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.
screw up (your) couragealso 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.
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.