stiff upper lip


: a steady and determined attitude or manner in the face of trouble
stiff-upper-lip adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So self-driving believers will keep a stiff upper lip and persevere through the inclement weather. Alexei Oreskovic, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2022 The British, as a general rule, pride themselves on being in control of their emotions and sort of stiff upper lip in handling whatever life throws at them. Adrienne Gaffney, ELLE, 31 Aug. 2022 The nation’s stiff upper lip has softened, and the king will want to reflect that to a degree, analysts say. Max Colchester, WSJ, 12 Sep. 2022 For many in the UK at least, the Queen remained a unifying figure through thick and thin, embodying the British stiff upper lip and devotion to duty that carried them through the deprivations of the second world war. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 9 Sep. 2022 The stiff upper lip that had gotten the British thorough the London Blitz during World War II just wasn't the right attitude for a population that was now much more willing to show their emotions publicly. Peter Bergen, CNN, 8 Sep. 2022 Far from taking her cue from the contemporary Brene Brown-like invitation to make vulnerability and story-sharing part of your leadership playbook, the Queen has chosen to shoulder chaos with a very British rendering of the stiff upper lip. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 8 June 2022 But Andrew was notoriously unfaithful, and Camilla’s stiff upper lip soon wobbled. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, 17 July 2022 British stiff upper lip and all that, but come on, the kid is four. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 8 June 2022 See More

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Word History


from the phrase keep a stiff upper lip

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stiff upper lip was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Stiff upper lip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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