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walk tall

To prove or display one's pride, confidence, or fortitude. I know a lot of people are upset, but you did the right thing, so walk tall. Even though it didn't perform well at the box office, he can walk tall in the knowledge that he made one of the greatest science fiction films of our generation.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

walk tall

Fig. to be brave and self-assured. I know I can walk tall because I'm innocent. You go out on that stage and walk tall. There is no reason to be afraid.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

walk tall

Show pride and self-confidence, as in The most important thing she taught us was to walk tall. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

walk tall

If you walk tall, you behave in a proud and confident way. I learned to walk tall, to hold my head up high and be proud of myself.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

walk tall

feel justifiable pride. informal
1992 Woman This week stop wishing you were somehow different. Start to walk tall!
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walk ˈtall

feel proud and confident: When I finally got a job after years of unemployment, I felt I could walk tall again.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

walk tall

in. to be brave and self-assured. (see also stand tall.) I know I can walk tall because I’m innocent.
See also: tall, walk
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

walk tall, to

To show pride and self-confidence. This twentieth-century Americanism, transferring an upright posture to a sense of pride, gained currency in the 1970s from the motion picture Walking Tall (1973), a film so popular that three sequels were made. It was based on a real-life legendary southern sheriff, Buford Pusser, who rid his county of gambling, prostitution, and other crime. The term was current in Britain as well. In 1970, the Manchester Guardian had “Walk tall, sisters . . . One woman’s distinction adds a tiny bit to the stature of every other woman.”
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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