hold (one's) head (up) high

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hold (one's) head (up) high

To display confidence and pride, especially with one's body language, as a way of showing that one is not ashamed of something. Such behavior often includes literally holding one's head up instead of letting it hang down. 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]
See also: head, high, hold

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)
See also: head, hold, up
References in classic literature ?
If a horse did not move fast enough, or hold his head high enough, it was owing to some fault of his keep- ers.
Above all, the owner of the soil could still hold his head high as the veritable Socman of Minstead--that is, as holding the land in free socage, with no feudal superior, and answerable to no man lower than the king.
LEGENDARY shop steward Jamie Webster could hold his head high as he left the Govan shipyards for the last time yesterday.
I THINK Scott McDonald can hold his head high with his scoring record for Middlesbrough.
Sparky can hold his head high knowing he leaves Manchester City in much better shape for his tenure.
DAVID HAYE believes Ricky Hatton should hold his head high despite his devastating defeat to Manny Pacquiao - and reckons his British boxing counterpart still has enough left in his locker for one last fight.
BOXING: David Haye believes Ricky Hatton should hold his head high despite his devastating defeat to Manny Pacquiao - and reckons his British boxing counterpart still has enough left in his locker for one last fight.
The Hitman' revealed on Tuesday he was embarrassed by the manner of his defeat, but Haye believes Hatton has nothing to be ashamed of and should hold his head high.
He can hold his head high while the yobs, and society in general, should hang their heads in shame.
RICHARD DUNWOODY can hold his head high - he may not be lucky in love but he remains a gentleman, at least according to a correspondent of one of the many free newspapers that are strewn across London on a daily basis.
Lion-hearted Beckham, however, can hold his head high.
Horsey, who was disappointed with his morning performance, could hold his head high after an afternoon to remember in which he matched Heath blow for blow and, but for a couple of missed putts, might have upset the odds.
They were wealthy and proud of an achievement that would enable the boy to hold his head high among the lifeless shades in the Lower World.
Now, thanks to a groundbreaking medical device, Tatum can hold his head high.
But the Ulster teenager could hold his head high after notching three wins and losing to a specialist in golf's knockout format.