lack the courage of (one's) convictions

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lack the courage of (one's) convictions

To not have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. The governor was presented with a bribe to help the corporation avoid regulation, and she accepted it because she lacked the courage of her convictions.
See also: conviction, courage, lack, of

have/lack the courage of your conˈvictions

be/not be brave enough to do what you believe to be right: You say that cruelty to animals is wrong, so why not have the courage of your convictions and join our campaign?
See also: conviction, courage, have, lack, of
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I hope I express my views within those parameters and people are of course free to knock them down -- though I think those that do so anonymously lack the courage of their convictions. They are prepared to flaunt their convictions but not their identity, presumably because they are afraid to take responsibility for the opinions they express.
The answer is that they lack the courage of their convictions. There is a strange double-consciousness at work within the party.
She said: "Yet again, they have shown they lack the courage of their convictions. This is a tax on the sick."
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