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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"You can walk away with your head held high and in this situation he can.
In foreign fields our troops do roam We hope that soon you'll all be home From Waterloo to Normandy You fight for people to be free The battles maybe on air, sea or land You're there to give a helping hand Just now you feel life is pretty rotten But believe me, back home, you're never forgotten So wear your uniform with pride And soon you'll be able to turn the tide When duty's done, you've done your best It'll be time to come home for a well-earned rest Walk down the street with your head held high It wasn't for you to reason why!
Howard Wilkinson was last night told: "You can walk away from Leeds with your head held high."
This is a Friday, but I order you to stay in jail until Monday, and then I'll see about sending you back home with your head held high." This anecdote of unlawful imprisonment is used to prove Judge Wapner's generosity, because on Monday he gives the drifter some old clothing.
Memo to Neil Lennon: Do the honourable thing, wee man, and walk away from Celtic Park with your head held high and your V-sign held even higher.