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

Examples of stiff upper lip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Blue Jays maintained a stiff upper lip throughout, but Lebron could sense something missing. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2021 Physicians are taught to sacrifice, overlook pain and keep a stiff upper lip. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Acaster’s show, which toured New York several years ago but only became available for purchase on Vimeo recently, takes aim at England’s famously stiff upper lip. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021 The stiff upper lip, no matter how painful the attacks, was expected to remain impossibly rigid at all times. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Mar. 2021 She’s been expected to keep a stiff upper lip and maintain poise and grace while being attacked for simply loving a prince, having a baby, and having the audacity to be a happy Black woman. Jeneé Osterheldt,, 10 Jan. 2020 Firth's Sam tries to keep a stiff upper lip, ducking into the bathroom to compose himself when his emotions are overwhelming, camouflaging his tears by opening the taps. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 27 Jan. 2021 Colman keeps a stiff upper lip, even as the role begins to shift out from under her. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2020 One hastens to quip, keep a stiff upper lip, There’ll soon be Thanksgiving in town. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 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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21 Aug 2021

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“Stiff upper lip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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