put on a brave face

idiom

variants or put up a brave front
: to try to appear brave or calm
She tried to put on/up a brave face/front despite the pain of the injury.

Examples of put on a brave face in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And while promoters, agents and artist managers — all grappling with soaring touring costs — tend to put on a brave face publicly, privately many tell Variety that ticket sales for shows outside of the very hottest tours are already under pressure. Mark Sutherland, Variety, 22 Dec. 2022 While many leaders try to put on a brave face, the best leaders are the ones who are most comfortable in their own skin. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 24 June 2021 In front of the cameras last month in the Capitol, McCarthy put on a brave face. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, 19 Dec. 2022 Harsin put on a brave face and attempted to rework the narrative this offseason. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Dressed up in a Minnie Mouse costume for her son’s school Halloween party, Melissa Fox tried to put on a brave face for her 6-year-old boy and the world. Jenner Smith, ABC News, 7 May 2021 At a news conference Thursday, General Manager Rick Spielman rebuffed talk of the Ngakoue deal triggering a sell-off before the Nov. 3 trade deadline, and the Vikings continued to put on a brave face Monday. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, 26 Oct. 2020 Anybody can put on a brave face for a half-hour zoom meeting. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2020 Back then, the fat people presented by popular culture were the opposite of those things; they were depicted as slobs, hot messes, the before pictures, funny sidekicks who got to sit by the sidelines and put on a brave face, while cheering for skinny friends trying on prom dresses. Amanda Richards, Allure, 30 July 2020

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“Put on a brave face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20on%20a%20brave%20face. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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