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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.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Apr 30 (ANI): Gujarat's junior girl's football team's member Drishti Pant on Tuesday lauded the side's run in the Junior Girls NFC tournament and said every team member can bow out with their heads held high after their defeat in the semi-finals.
GLENN MURRAY reckons Brighton will go back to the Premier League with their heads held high after running Manchester City close in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final.
To see our former students, some that I taught from first grade through fifth grade, so grown up and mature with their heads held high, it was a very proud day for me seeing their success as a RLHS graduate," Indian Hills teacher Pam Mulvaney said.
SCOTLAND'S hoops hopes fell to New Zealand's Tall Blacks - but they left the Commonwealth Games with their heads held high.
"The whole process has been extremely difficult but they have gone through it with integrity and with their heads held high. I can't have asked for a better team to go through this."
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. This tournament is a promotion for a league that will kick-off in November, which will be a great medium of encouragement for the game and a golden opportunity for players to showcase their talent".
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.
Live football Sky Sports 2, 7.45pm 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.
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. Williams, 32, said: "It was a great performance by the guys and I'm proud to be part of it.
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."
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