square (one's) shoulders

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square (one's) shoulders

To prepare to do or deal with something difficult or unpleasant; to demonstrate courage, resolve, or determination. I know that you're nervous about the game, but you just need to square your shoulders and do your best. Many people in the audience were booing when her name was announced, but she squared her shoulders and stepped onto the stage to perform.
See also: shoulder, square

square one's shoulders

Prepare to face adversity, as in She knew it wouldn't be easy but she squared her shoulders and faced the hostile audience. This expression transfers standing erect with the shoulders pulled back, forming an angle much like a square's right angle, to the situations calling for this stance. It was first recorded in 1819.
See also: shoulder, square
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"The key with the technique is to square your shoulders straight ahead while maintaining perfect posture," Meier said.
On the street, in the lobby, square your shoulders to people you meet.
Just square your shoulders and give them your utter best.
Plant your shooting foot toward the basket, bend your knees and square your shoulders. Keep your weight centered and your body vertical (start right to end right).
Or, 2) square your shoulders, lift your chin and get revenge by having a meaningful life.
watched you square your shoulders before the arborist,
Is it actually possible, though, to tell the boss to shove it, square your shoulders and step out a free person.
His take on the proper handshake: On the street, in the lobby, square your shoulders to people you meet.