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pluck up (or screw up or take) courage

Definition of pluck up or screw up or take courage in English:

Make an effort to do something that frightens one: I plucked up the courage to go out by myself
More example sentences
  • 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.
See parent entry: courage

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