man up


manned up; manning up; mans up

intransitive verb

informal : to make an effort to deal with something (such as an obligation or a challenge) in a way that is considered strong or manly
"… You're starting a family. Man up. Time to do grown man things."Cassanova Womack
man up and be honest that what you did that night was wrong.Lenny Rosado

Word History

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of man up was in 1989

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Cite this Entry

“Man up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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