summon up the courage to (do something)

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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

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
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KASUR -- Two persons including a woman died at different places as they could not summon up the courage to bear sudden deaths of their relatives here the other day.
This one-off documentary hears from aviophobes who have agreed to be filmed as they summon up the courage to confront their fears and take to the skies with the help and support of family and friends.
Decisions Decisons I've thought about my valentine I see her every day I would like to take her out I just don't know what to say I know she noticed me Just the other day I had a passing glance A smile sent my way I must summon up the courage Ask her out on a date I feel I may lose her If I just sit here and wait I have made my decision Time to take a chance No good being shy When it comes to romance Tomorrow I will ask her It will not be easy Have to get her on her own I could always send a text To her mobile phone I could write a note Give it to her mate Or should I just wait Till we are outside The school gate.
Clarkson was taking part in an event supporting Nelson Mandela's charity and couldn't summon up the courage to tell the great man that he wasn't the astronaut Mandela had mistaken him for.
But if you can summon up the courage, you could then tell your blackmailer to do his worst as your husband already knows.
The Tory MP said in the press release: "I urge all political parties to summon up the courage to tackle the outdated and now irrelevant system of funding through the old Barnett formula that no longer reflects the realities of life in London in 2000."
For fans of the US comedy series will be praying that Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) can summon up the courage to tell her ex that she still loves him.
ALLEN NEUHARTH, CHAIRMAN of Freedom Forum and former head of the Gannett Co., has repeated his suggestion that newspapers could raise their prices to readers and improve their bottom lines and contents "any time they summon up the courage to do so" (E&P, June 3, p.
Please summon up the courage to say a final farewell to this tyrant.