hold (one's) head (up) high

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hold (one's) head (up) high

To walk with confidence and pride, especially as a way to show that one is not ashamed of something. I know you're disappointed to have lost, but you should hold your head high—you ran an excellent race.
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hold one's head high

Also, hold one's head up; hold up one's head. Behave proudly; maintain one's dignity. For example, After the bankruptcy Mr. Jones still held his head high, or Grandma told Brian he could hold his head up because he'd tried extremely hard, or After that newspaper article, I'm not sure I'll ever hold up my head again. All these expressions allude to a posture of pride. [Second half of 1500s]
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hold your head (up) high

be confident or unashamed.
See also: head, high, hold

hold your ˈhead up (high)

not feel ashamed, guilty or embarrassed about something: After this scandal, he will never be able to hold his head up high again. OPPOSITE: hang your head (in/for shame)
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Carol can hold her head high in the knowledge that she wasn't prepared to sit back and watch as her two boys broke the law.
Last night, Miss Hildreth said she could hold her head high following the judgment.
A bit too quiet to really make her mark in the house, at least she'll be able to hold her head high once she exits back into the real world, unlike the Graces and Nikkis of the show.
Yulce, who has undergone five surgeries, can hold her head high, use her arms and control her new lower lip.
To hold her head high and walk through the front doors of St.