screw up the/one's courage


: to make oneself brave enough to do something difficult
I finally screwed up the courage to tell them that I was quitting.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web When Judi gets sick with cancer, the two of them screw up the courage to struggle to love and search for the truth that the novel suggests exists, though disorderly, in all great loves. Globe Staff,, 4 Jan. 2021

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“Screw up the/one's courage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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