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put a bold face on (something)

To act as though a particular situation is not as grim, hopeless, or undesirable as it really is. Although my mother tried to put a bold face on her medical situation, I knew that her health was rapidly deteriorating. They tried to put a bold face on their break-up, but we all knew that they had been fighting with each other for weeks.
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put a good face on (something)

To act as though a particular situation is not as undesirable or grim as it really is. Although my mother tried to put a good face on her medical situation, I knew that her health was rapidly deteriorating. They tried to put a good face on their break-up, but we all knew that they had been fighting with each other for weeks.
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set

slang In community card poker, a hand containing two cards that have the same face value as one of the cards on the board following the flop. I had been bluffing when I raised my bet with just a pair of aces, but luckily the flop revealed an ace that gave me a set.
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*(all) set

(to do something) prepared or ready to do something. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) Are you set to cook the steaks? Yes, the fire is ready, and I'm all set to start.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

set

1. n. a period of time that a band plays without a break; a thirty-minute jam session. We do two sets and then take a twenty-minute break.
2. n. a party. Your set was a totally major bash!
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put a good/bold face on something, to

To make the best of things. This term has been around since the fourteenth century, and the practice itself, of pretending things are better than they are, is no doubt much older. “Set a good face on a bad matter,” wrote Humphrey Gifford (A Posie of Gilloflowers, 1580).
See also: bold, face, good, on, put, to
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