come up smiling

come up smiling

To emerge from an unpleasant or challenging situation with a positive outlook or demeanor. I'm just so impressed by Bonnie's resolve. She seems to come up smiling no matter what happens to her.
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come up smiling

recover from adversity and cheerfully face the future. informal
1989 Woman's Realm But despite her ordeal courageous Kelly has come up smiling and is now looking forward to a bright future.
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