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stiff upper lip


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An attitude of determined endurance or restraint in the face of adversity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being resolute and showing self-restraint, stereotypically associated with the British; especially as keep a stiff upper lip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. self-restraint in the expression of emotion (especially fear or grief)


American in origin; earliest known use in 1815 . (Wiktionary)


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