put a bold face on (something)(redirected from they have put a bold face on something)
put a bold face on (something)
To act as though a particular situation is not as grim, hopeless, or undesirable as it really is. Although my mother tried to put a bold face on her medical situation, I knew that her health was rapidly deteriorating. They tried to put a bold face on their break-up, but we all knew that they had been fighting with each other for weeks.
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put a good/bold face on something, to
To make the best of things. This term has been around since the fourteenth century, and the practice itself, of pretending things are better than they are, is no doubt much older. “Set a good face on a bad matter,” wrote Humphrey Gifford (A Posie of Gilloflowers, 1580).
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