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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.
See also: courage, screw, up

pluck 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 pluck up the courage to do it! I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's having a drink to help pluck up the courage to go on stage.
See also: courage, pluck, up

pluck up (one's) courage

To emotionally prepare oneself to do a frightening or overwhelming task; to bolster one's courage. I'm really nervous about asking Sarah out on a date, but I just need to pluck up my courage and go through with it. I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's plucking up his courage with a stiff drink.
See also: courage, pluck, up

summon 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 summon up the courage to do it! I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's having a drink to help summon up the courage to go on stage.
See also: courage, summon, up

summon up (one's) courage

To emotionally prepare oneself to do a frightening or overwhelming task; to bolster one's courage. I'm really nervous about asking Sarah out on a date, but I just need to summon up my courage and go through with it. I know he's terrified of speaking in public, so he's summoning up his courage with a stiff drink.
See also: courage, summon, up

summon (one) before (someone)

To demand, instruct, or request that one come to or appear in front of someone. Often used in passive constructions. The leaders of congress were summoned before the president to explain the status of the tax overhaul. The king summoned the traitor before him to pass judgment.
See also: before, summon

summon (one) to

1. To demand or instruct that one come to or appear at some place or thing. The president summoned the congressional leader to his office to explain the status of the tax legislation. He summoned me to the front of the class to read the note out loud.
2. To demand or instruct that one do something; to order one to take a particular action. I summoned the criminal to lay down his weapon and surrender. The boss summoned him to deliver the package himself.
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summon up

To elicit or evoke something; to uncover and draw forth something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "summon" and "up." I just couldn't summon the courage up to confront my boss about the issue. His memory is remarkable—he can summon up the most mundane details from weeks ago.
See also: summon, up

summon someone before someone or something

to request or order someone to appear before someone or a group. The president summoned the committee before her. The judge summoned Donna before the court.
See also: before, summon

summon someone to someone or something

to order or request someone to come to someone or something. Uncle Fred summoned the waitress to him. He summoned her to our table.
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summon something up

to call forth particular qualities, such as strength, courage, wisdom, etc. She summoned her courage up and went into the room. Liz summoned up all her courage.
See also: summon, up

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.
See also: courage, pluck, screw, summon, up

summon up

v.
To call something forth; evoke something: I summoned up my courage and dove into the deep water. At first I couldn't remember the telephone number, but I summoned it up by concentrating very hard.
See also: summon, up
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The IRS can issue a summons directly to a taxpayer, to witnesses, and to third-party recordkeepers.
RIYADH: Judges and law experts said that court summons detailing a criminal or civil case delivered to defendants would lead to fewer sessions because defendants can prepare their evidence better and be prepared.
The summons, a rare imposition for the powerful agency, has stirred speculation of a power struggle between Erdogan, who controls the service, and elements in the judiciary and police.
Rather than dismissing the charges, the judges issued orders for emergency jury summons to local residents who were of legal age and not exempt by law.
to summon MYSPACE in the United States to appear [at the Paris forum] on a fixed date, at a hearing which was to take place the following June 15, the President of the Paris District Court only gave that leave subject to the 'delivery' of the summons before May 16, 2007, at 1400 hrs, that condition being explained by the concern to comply with the principle of Contradictory Proceedings.
The upper house's Financial Affairs Committee voted Tuesday to summon Nukaga as a sworn witness Monday by a majority of votes by the opposition parties and with the absence of the ruling parties.
NAB used its 1999 Ordinance to summon Shehbaz Sharif who is accused of canceling the successful auction of Ashiana Iqbal project.
He noted that as the Tamil language is considered an official language in the country, this summon should have been issued to the journalist in Tamil, so he can clearly understand what it said.
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it has launched a new release of the Ex Libris Summon discovery service to help libraries further address researcher and student needs and streamline operations.
The so-called summon feature gives a user an exciting glimpse into how driverless cars may work in the future.
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga has decided to summon Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Jamahir Anwary over widespread corruption in the ministry, an official said on Wednesday.
The trial court, in its July 19 order, had said CBI's plea to summon the Ambani couple and 11 others as prosecution witnesses was essential for arriving at a just decision in the case.
The court also said there is no reason why summon was issued for the Army Chief even though Army Headquarters did not have the remotest connection in the case filed by ex- IAF official Dilawar Singh.
Baghdad (NINA) --MP Hanan al-Fatlawi announced that she officially demanded the parliament chairmanship to summon the Head and the Independent High Electoral Commission, Faraj al-Haidari, and some of its members on the background of financial an administrative corruption.
But instead, he sent his lawyer Kiogora Mugambi who told the court that the summon paper was not genuine.