put a brave face on (something)

put a brave face on (something)

To appear or make oneself seem more happy, confident, or courageous than one really feels. I could feel my knees shaking with terror before my commencement speech, but I put a brave face on it and stepped out onto the stage to deliver it. The engineers have been putting a brave face on the problem, but I think this breakdown is going to set us back for months.
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