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

put a good (or brave or bold) face on something

  • 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
    More example sentences
    • 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.’
    Synonyms
    front, show, display, act, appearance, facade, exterior, mask, masquerade, pretense, pose, veneer
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