To be composed and calm in the face of difficult and trying situations.
She kept a stiff upper lip throughout the funeral.
Did you know?
This expression dates back to the 1800s. When someone gets upset, their lips might tremble. Keeping a stiff upper lip happens when you’re trying not to show that you are upset. This expression is similar to ‘keep your chin up’!
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