sit tall in the/(one's) saddle

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sit tall in the/(one's) saddle

To be or remain proud, stoical, or august in one's manner or composure. Even after two years of a losing war, the general still sat tall in his saddle before his troops. I'll have nothing to do with your schemes or plot. One day, you're going to be locked up and lose everything, and I'll be sitting tall in the saddle when you do.
See also: saddle, sit, tall
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I heard the commentator at Plumpton the other day say that Jack was still travelling well as he was still sitting tall in the saddle.
A GROUP of cyclists are sitting tall in the saddle after a charity ride the length of Ireland.
SITTING tall in the saddle is an old saying that refers positively to one's character.