stiff upper lip


Definition of stiff upper lip

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

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Other Words from stiff upper lip

stiff-upper-lip adjective

Examples of stiff upper lip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trade a stiff upper lip for a suitcase of gripes on an unabashed misadventure with the grumpy uncle of American travel writing. Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, "These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust," 10 July 2020 Trump displays a stiff upper lip in the face of the pandemic. Barry Blitt, The New Yorker, "A Man of Substance," 2 July 2020 Off-the-line performance and exterior styling are where the LS's stiff upper lip give way to the SC's sly, sultry grin. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1992 Lexus SC400 Rewrites the Sport Coupe Formula," 26 June 2020 Yet the show is not all starched collars and stiff upper lips—much of the art gleefully sends up staid stereotypes. The Economist, "Denizens of Mars What does it mean to be “manly”?," 25 Feb. 2020 Rachel Tunnard and Rosanne Flynn's script piles on the schmaltz (even as the ladies pointedly keep a stiff upper lip), but that's part of the film's particular pleasure. Mary Sollosi,, "Military Wives is cheesy and predictable — but that's okay: Review," 22 May 2020 Even the communications department, charged with promoting management’s message insider and outside the bank, is having trouble keeping a stiff upper lip. Harry Wilson,, "HSBC Plans Third Overhaul in a Decade With Investors Seething," 10 May 2020 There’s a message in there, something about keeping a stiff upper lip. al, "It’s springtime in Mobile. Let there be crawfish.," 6 Apr. 2020 You’re glued by her range of expressive reactions, trapped in the limbo between tears and a stiff upper lip. Al Alexander, USA TODAY, "Review: ‘The Assistant’ is a quiet, powerful look at workplace harassment," 14 Feb. 2020

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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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“Stiff upper lip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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