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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 summon against Liberia's Beauty Queen was based on a complaint filed by the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) through Assistant Minister Princess Turkolon.
The Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani has summoned the assembly session on the requisition signed by 36 opposition members of the provincial assembly on Wednesday.
Meanwhile last Wednesday Foreign Minister Abdullah was also summoned by MP Jabir to question regarding the progress in establishing relations with Qatar.
Article 54(3) of the Constitution says: 'On a requisition signed by not less than one-fourth of the total membership of the National Assembly, the speaker shall summon the National Assembly to meet, at such time and place as he thinks fit, within fourteen days of the receipt of the requisition; and when the Speaker has summoned the Assembly only he may prorogue it.'
Itshould be noted that the Palace summoned the American ambassador last year over an assessment report of the US Intelligence Community.
According to media reports, NAB has summoned Faryal Talpur in connection with joint venture investigation besides directing her to bring all the relevant record.
The Tesla Enhanced Summon feature is only available for U.S.
He added that the summons was 'worthless and ineffective in compelling me to appear before the Manila court.'
KARACHI -- The investigation team probing the murder case of former Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MNA Ali Raza Abidi summoned the MQM-Pakistan Senior Deputy Convener Amir Khan for interrogation on Saturday.
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The summon has been issued under the seal of the OIC of the Achchuveli police.
According to local sources a Shin Bet officer and IOF soldiers entered the home of a Palestinian ex-detainee and handed him a summon for interrogation.
[section] 7602 authorizes the IRS to summon, undertake examinations, and take testimony as a part of those responsibilities.
President Rambaran Yadav and chairman of the interim government Khilraj Regmi were in a dispute as to who should summon the first CA session.
KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house -- on Monday decided to not summon four of the 11 Cabinet ministers who failed to spend less than half of annual development budgets sanctioned to their ministries last year.