Definition of pluck up or screw up or take courage in English:
Make an effort to do something that frightens one.
- I admire her passion and courage, as let's face it, it takes courage for a woman to refuse to breed these days, but still, despite my ambition I can't imagine life without a child.
- It took courage because it was a real scary time, y'know?
- This was a life-affirming, emotionally and intellectually liberating message, and it took courage and conviction to be the messenger.