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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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It said journalists are often summoned for questioning six or seven months after an event, and there can be serious doubts about the intention and the integrity such conducts by MPS.
ECP has summoned Khursheed shah on June 19 to appear in person or via counsel before it.
The minister was summoned due to mismanagement of water and energy affairs in the provinces, not properly utilizing water in Afghanistan and alleged distribution of weapons, he said.
I don't understand why I am being repeatedly summoned although I Have appeared thrice before the ED officials since the arrest of my husband,' she added.
The letter, the second from the AG office since last Monday when lawmakers first summoned Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, the AG, to attend its Monday session, shows flexibility in Aloko's previous stand that the Jirga had no right to call him.
SRINAGAR -- The National Investigation Agency has summoned Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association President Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom to its Delhi headquarters on Wednesday to "answer some questions" related to alleged "funding" in Jammu and Kashmir.
The session was summoned on February 2, upon the requisition of the opposition parties to discuss a recent petrol crisis in the country.
The house then again summoned him to its upcoming Saturday's session, but his deputy, Rahmatullah Nazari, said the attorney general could not be summoned by MPs under the Constitution.
ISLAMABAD -- Leaders from the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) have said doubts have been raised after Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for Panama probe summoned Maryam Nawaz.
RAWALPINDI -- Anti-terrorist court has summoned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on April 23 in Benazir Bhutto murder case.
Last week, the lower house of Parliament summoned Aloko to attend its Monday's session, but he did not appear and sent a letter, saying the Wolesi Jirga had no authority to call him for an investigation
ISLAMABAD -- After Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has also been summoned by the joint investigation team probing offshore wealth of Sharif family in Panama Case.
ISLAMABAD -- FIA has summoned Abdul Qadir Gilani son of former Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and his friend Zain Sukhera today (Tuesday) for investigation in Hajj corruption case.
Joinda added: "The minister of information and culture will be summoned, if he did not give satisfactory answers, he will be impeached" 55 MPs of the house asked for the summoning of the minister.
ISLAMABAD -- President Mamnoon Hussain here on Thursday summoned the session of the National Assembly on August 1 (Monday), at 5 p.