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put a brave (or bold) face on something

Definition of put a brave or bold face on something in English:

Act as if something unpleasant is not as bad as it really is: he was putting a brave face on it but she knew he was shattered
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  • He is staying very positive but is hugely disappointed and is putting a brave face on it.
  • Mrs Driffill was putting a brave face on it yesterday as her daughter, son-in-law and neighbours flocked to help her mop up the water and thick mud.
  • Mrs Rollinson's 61-year-old son, Keith, said: ‘She's trying to put a brave face on it and we're doing what we can to improve security, but she's just wondering when it will happen again.’
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Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
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