pluck up the courage to (do something)

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pluck up the courage to (do something)

To bolster one's courage or emotionally prepare oneself enough to do a frightening or overwhelming task. I want to ask Sarah out on a date, but I'm trying to pluck up the courage to do it! I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's having a drink to help pluck up the courage to go on stage.
See also: courage, pluck, up

pluck/screw/summon up (your/the) ˈcourage (to do something)

force yourself to be brave enough to do something: I had liked her for a long time, and eventually I plucked up the courage to ask her out.I finally screwed up my courage and went to the dentist.
See also: courage, pluck, screw, summon, up
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She said: "I thought after a few days I should probably pluck up the courage to do it."
Midsomer Murders ITV, 8pm Given that the residents of Midsomer usually can't even go for a walk in the woods without tripping up over a corpse, we're not surprised to discover that it's taken centuries for anyone to pluck up the courage to have a really good look in the crypts of the church at Midsomer St Claire.
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I try to make it easy for people to find out because I can't pluck up the courage to tell anyone.
Luckily there is something you can do to improve body odour so this doesn't have to be a deal-breaker - all you need to do is pluck up the courage to discuss it.
I wasn't a bad little swimmer as a kid, but these days the only time I ever take a dip is during my two-week summer holiday or on the odd occasion I pluck up the courage to suck the belly in at the gym.
I sat on the bank crying for what seemed like ages and I was trying to pluck up the courage to go across.
It took de Ruiter almost 17 years to pluck up the courage to plead for its return and he finally got it back in time for his 65th birthday when it was presented by Ronald Koeman, one of the stars of the 1988 team
It took some weeks to pluck up the courage, but amongst my tears and my inarticulate request for forgiveness, I began to see him differently and my bitterness melted.
To admit publicly that you are wrong is never easy, yet,if you can pluck up the courage to do so, the nit can make your own life,and that of the recipient of your apology, so much happier and healthier.
Simon said yesterday, ``I fancied Katherine right away but even though she was working just a few feet away, I couldn't pluck up the courage to ask her out.
DOWNTON Abbey stars are so in awe of Dame Maggie Smith it took one cast member two years to pluck up the courage to talk to her.
Well Woman chief Shirley McQuade said: "Many people don't like having these tests done and they have to pluck up the courage to have them."
TEEN singing sensation Shaun Smith may seem full of confidence, but this shy guy took years to pluck up the courage to ask his girlfriend out.