Act as if something unpleasant or upsetting is not as bad as it really is: he tried to put a good face on the financial picture
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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.’