stiff upper lip

noun

Definition of stiff upper lip 

: a steady and determined attitude or manner in the face of trouble

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British sensibility comes in handy for this moment — stiff upper lip and all that, gent — especially because the Brits still had their cellphones pointed at us. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "McLaren 570S Spider: Knock-your-glasses-off fun - plus room for luggage," 31 May 2018 Growing up during the depression years and the war left emotional scars, but gave her a stiff upper lip to deal with life's many challenges. courant.com, "Vita Gray," 10 July 2018 Hillis’s slim handbook aimed to convince her reader that, with a stiff upper lip and a healthy dose of economic self-indulgence, being an unpaired woman could be not just tolerable but liberating. Ashley Fetters, Curbed, "Living alone and liking it," 20 June 2018 The Brits are known for possessing a stiff upper lip, but the ginger multi-millionaire boarders unfeeling during this capable, but watered-down rendition. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "15 of the weirdest Bob Dylan cover songs to celebrate his birthday," 24 May 2018 But unlike their regal mistress, the Queen’s corgis did not always keep a stiff upper lip. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Last of the Queen’s Corgi Dynasty Has Died," 18 Apr. 2018 Their sham populism is most evident in a ridiculous scene in which Churchill rides the London Underground and meets The People, a motley mass of stiff upper lips and brimming eyes. Zoe Haylock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Read Some of the Worst Reviews of This Year's Best Picture Nominees," 2 Mar. 2018 The futuristic aspect is another anime-mainstay, which is emphasized by Kaan’s sidekick, a robot butler called Charles (perfectly and ironically voiced by Jude Law’s stiff upper lip). Mary Wang, Vogue, "Jaden Smith, Tavi Gevinson, and Alexa Chung Star in a Gossip Girl From a Doomed Future," 20 Sep. 2017 Don’t get me wrong: there is a place for a stiff upper lip, and for a sense of humor to help get through a situation. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Makes First Public Appearance Since Revealing Princess Kate Is Pregnant with Baby No. 3," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of stiff upper lip

1815, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stiff upper lip

from the phrase keep a stiff upper lip

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