put on a happy/brave face

Definition of put on a happy/brave face

:to appear happy/brave even when one is not
  • We tried to put on a happy/brave face despite our concern.

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to move in a specified direction

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

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : 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

happy play
  1. : favored by luck or fortune : fortunate

  2. : notably fitting, effective, or well adapted : felicitous

  3. : enjoying or characterized by well-being and contentment

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

  2. : making a fine show : colorful

  3. : excellent, splendid

  1. : to face or endure with courage

  2. : to make showy

  3. : to show courage : to make a brave show

  1. : bravado

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

  3. : bully, assassin

face play
  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

  2. : the face as a means of identification : countenance

  3. : presence, sight

  1. : to confront impudently

  2. : to line near the edge especially with a different material

  3. : to cover the front or surface of


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