a stiff upper lip

a stiff upper lip

The ability to remain stoic during difficult situations. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Despite all of the hardships he faced, John always kept a stiff upper lip and didn't let anything bother him. The players were devastated after losing the championship, but their coach encouraged them to keep a stiff upper lip and focus on doing better next year.
See also: lip, stiff, upper

a stiff upper lip

COMMON If someone has a stiff upper lip, they hide their emotions and do not let other people see if they are upset. I had always believed in keeping a stiff upper lip, crying in private, and putting on my best face for family and friends. His pathetic attempt to maintain a stiff upper lip failed. Note: You can also refer to the attitude or behaviour of people who do not like to show their emotions as the stiff upper lip. Another problem is the British stiff upper lip which prevents many patients from asking for painkillers for fear of appearing weak. Note: Not showing emotions is thought to be a national characteristic of the English.
See also: lip, stiff, upper
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Well, good-by, Uncle Tom; keep a stiff upper lip," said George.
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It may call for more than a stiff upper lip that saw us through the Blitz to survive.
To the Victorians, a stiff upper lip was as essential as starched collars and a good train service.
The poll found that "old Britain" is epitomised in the nation's collective consciousness by a stiff upper lip, impeccable manners and wartime leader Winston Churchill.
But the times, they do a-change, and if Temple seems a bit melancholy about the freak flag flying at half-mast these days, he's keeping a stiff upper lip.
Keeping a stiff upper lip in the face of emotion is pretty hard to do, as I can testify.
They would play the game correctly, with a stiff upper lip but we did it right.
Behnke wasn't certain, however, whether they would be able to continue showing a stiff upper lip if the strike goes on for another week.