screw up your courage

screw up (one's) courage

To emotionally prepare oneself to do a frightening or overwhelming task. I'm really nervous about asking Sarah out on a date, but I just need to screw up my courage and go through with it.
See also: courage, screw, up

screw up your courage

summon up all your courage; force yourself to be brave.
See also: courage, screw, up
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What's up?" b) You screw up your courage, propel yourself toward the food court, and yell, "Hi, Jack!" a little, um, loudly.