big-girl pants

big-girl pants

A euphemism for being old or mature enough to do something as an adult woman or as an adult woman should. Come on, Linda, you need to put on your big-girl pants and own up to your lies. I know you're not a morning person, but put on your big-girl pants and go to work.
See also: pant
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They have to put on their big-boy pants and big-girl pants," Somerhalder said, while Dobrev added, "The problem is they keep taking their pants off and that keeps getting in the way of things.
BLeeD FOR me MicHael robotHaM "Suck it in, princess, and put your big-girl pants on.
She was strong, sassy and sure knew how to work a headband and she was equally comfortable wearing big-girl pants and knee-high boots.
Do we seek to build a society in which people put on their big-boy or big-girl pants and deal with things directly, or one in which companies' and people's lives are constantly threatened by lawyers and their hyper-emotional clients?