Summoned up courage - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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.
References in periodicals archive
As discussions began at Stormont on his proposals the Premier said: "Politicians across the divide have summoned up courage
to take the first step into light."