put on a brave face

put on a brave face
put on a brave ˈface | put a brave ˈface on sth idiom
to pretend that you feel confident and happy when you do not

I had to put on a brave face and try to show him that I wasn't worried.

She put a brave face on her illness.

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  • put on a brave face — If you put on a brave face, or put a brave face on something, you behave confidently or cheerfully even though things are difficult. ( Brave front is also used.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • put on a brave face — put on a brave face/front put a brave face/front on (something) to behave in a way that makes people think you are happy when you are not. He doesn t seem upset about losing. Do you think he s just putting on a brave face? …   New idioms dictionary

  • put on a brave face — to act confident in a difficult situation. The engineers have put on a brave face, saying the telescope can easily be repaired. Usage notes: sometimes used in the form put a brave face on something: She puts a brave face on everything, but you… …   New idioms dictionary

  • put on a brave face —    When confronted with difficulties, if you put on a brave face, you try to look cheerful and pretend that the situation is not as bad as it is.     Even in the worst of times she put on a brave face …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • put on a brave face — pretend to be courageous, pretend to be a hero …   English contemporary dictionary

  • put a brave face on something — put a brave face/front/on something phrase to try to hide the fact that you are feeling upset or disappointed Employees are putting a brave face on yesterday’s news. Thesaurus: to stop, control or not show emotionssynonym Main entry: brav …   Useful english dictionary

  • put on a brave front — put on a brave face/front put a brave face/front on (something) to behave in a way that makes people think you are happy when you are not. He doesn t seem upset about losing. Do you think he s just putting on a brave face? …   New idioms dictionary

  • put up a brave front — See: put on a brave face …   New idioms dictionary

  • put a brave face on (something) — put a brave face/front on (something) to behave in a way that makes people think you are happy when you are not. They ve had some bad luck, but they ve put a brave face on their problems. She s very ill but she s putting a brave front on it. (=… …   New idioms dictionary

  • put on a bold face — act brave …   English contemporary dictionary

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