with (one's) head held high

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with (one's) head held high

Displaying pride and confidence, often (but not always) after something has gone wrong. Even though I knew I blew the presentation, I walked out of the conference room with my head held high… and then cried in my car. After hearing that he had been named to the all-star team, Paul walked through the halls with his head held high.
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All hunchbacks walk with their heads held high, all stutterers harangue, all deaf people speak low.
The whole process has been extremely difficult but they have gone through it with integrity and with their heads held high.
Rochdale boss Keith Hill said: "The players and the supporters leave the competition with their heads held high.
We bring you a multi-cultural soccer tournament where teams from different national backgrounds will compete for the title and leave the field with their heads held high.
Still, at least they left with their heads held high.
The Knitters came through a feisty clash against Jimmy Ginnelly's Canaries with their heads held high and will be out to pluck the feathers of the Eagles to complete their preparations.
45pm THERE'S a West Yorkshire derby in the Carling Cup tonight and Bradford manager Peter Jackson insists his players are heading to Leeds with their heads held high, writes Graham Woods.
The team morale is high and they will arrive for the World Cup with their heads held high after their series win over India.
SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein has urged his players to return home with their heads held high following tonight's friendly in Sweden as he steps up preparations for the impending Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Loftus scored another eight before half time, but Eaglescliffe came on second half with their heads held high and battled to the end.
The tourists may have lost the series 2-1 but Welsh wizard Williams ensured they will depart with their heads held high.
They are a fantastic bunch of lads who have put their necks on the line and their careers on the line for Luton Town Football Club, and they can walk out of here with their heads held high.
ROVERS' youngsters went home with their heads held high after going out of the FA Youth Cup in a penalty shootout defeat to Cardiff.
They have a right to sit with their heads held high and say they play for the Shire.
Those truly wishing to advance the cause of gays in America should do so with their heads held high.
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