Definition of a stiff upper lip in English:

a stiff upper lip

phrase

  • A quality of uncomplaining stoicism:

    ‘senior managers had to keep a stiff upper lip and remain optimistic’
    • ‘I should keep a stiff upper lip and take the high road and all that, so I will.’
    • ‘But aren't news people supposed to keep a stiff upper lip?’
    • ‘Other Americans are told to keep a stiff upper lip.’
    • ‘Keeping a stiff upper lip during such tribulations, she writes, is what one must do.’
    • ‘But, if the governing class goes about business as usual, that's not a stiff upper lip but a death wish.’
    • ‘At least I don't have to keep a stiff upper lip anymore.’
    • ‘Most of the women were crying, but I kept a stiff upper lip.’
    • ‘Then, as now, the Londoners had a stiff upper lip.’
    • ‘Upper-class Englishmen pride themselves on discretion and a stiff upper lip, deeply unfashionable human qualities in these tabloid times.’
    • ‘It is quite humorous to see the actors work through their lines with a stiff upper lip - even they can't seem to believe what they are being asked to say.’