Screwed up the courage - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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screw 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 screw up the courage to do it! I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's having a drink to help screw up the courage to go on stage.
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.
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After about an hour I screwed up the courage
to approach the guy and asked "Are you Mr.