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.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And at the annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday, nearly everyone put on a happy face. Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2022 As the behind the scenes drama plays out, CNN anchors will have to put on a happy face Tuesday when the curtain goes up on a new morning show. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2022 Twice in her life, Lawson was able put on a happy face and do the latter. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 26 May 2022 Publicly, Trump has tried to put on a happy face, claiming that the slow rollout was all part of the plan. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 Olive is obviously the maid of honor for her twin sister, and promises to put on a happy face—even though Dane's brother and best man, Ethan, is her nemesis. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 Apr. 2022

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“Put on a happy/brave face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20on%20a%20happy%2Fbrave%20face. Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

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