stiff upper lip


Definition of stiff upper lip

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

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stiff-upper-lip adjective

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Powell kept a stiff upper lip when asked by a reporter about Trump’s influence, saying that political considerations have no bearing on the Fed’s decision. Los Angeles Times, "Fed cuts interest rate for first time since 2008, adopting risky new strategy," 31 July 2019 Especially my father, who belonged to the stiff upper lip, British-era Indian civil service school of thought. Gopalaswami Parthasarathy, Quartz India, "What was it like to be a diplomat in Pakistan during the Kargil war: A former Indian envoy remembers," 28 July 2019 But the famous British stiff upper lip came in handy and people across the nation kept calm and carried on -- aside from some outbursts of disgust on social media. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Flying ants invade Britain in swarms so large they were seen from space," 18 July 2019 Perched so splendidly a mile above the basin, Mt. Wilson remains L.A.’s stiff upper lip: Wistful. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Postcard From L.A.: In the moon glow of Mt. Wilson, go find your place in the cosmos," 15 July 2019 The lead characters, Maya and Kash, are a couple of color; Maya is a Black American woman with gorgeous natural hair working in politics, and Kash is a British-Pakistani investment banker with a stiff upper lip. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Mindy Kaling's 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Reboot on Hulu Will Look Very Different," 13 June 2019 The country once defined by its stiff upper lip has been indulging in a kind of orgy of public histrionics more commonly associated with Latin American telenovelas. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The Great Brexit Breakdown," 7 Dec. 2018 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,, "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., "Vita Gray," 10 July 2018

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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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not constant or steady

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