put on a brave face

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put up a brave front

Definition of put on a brave face

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

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to place in a specified position or relationship :  lay

    :  to move in a specified direction

    :  to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something :  thrust

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. :  being in place :  fixed, set

  1. :  having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty :  having or showing courage

    :  making a fine show :  colorful

    :  excellent, splendid

  1. :  to face or endure with courage

    :  to make showy

    :  to show courage :  to make a brave show

  1. :  bravado

    :  one with mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty :  one who is brave (see 1brave)

    :  an American Indian warrior

  1. :  the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

    :  the face as a means of identification :  countenance

    :  presence, sight

  1. :  to confront impudently

    :  to line near the edge especially with a different material

    :  to cover the front or surface of

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