One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Help someone to remain calm and confident.‘to keep herself in countenance she opened her notebook’
- ‘Well, my brethren, if it should ever be the fashion to wear wooden legs I shall be eccentric enough to keep to those which nature gave me, weak as they are, and I trust that the number of eccentric people will be sufficient to keep me in countenance.’
- ‘This, however, serves to keep me in countenance, that others, endowed with much superior knowledge, and quicker penetration, have not been more successful than myself.’
- ‘As our officers had taken up their quarters at a hotel opposite, and were in the article of dress even worse off than myself (having only the old torn regimentals on their backs), I invited them to keep me in countenance, and we passed the day together in playing at piquet and laughing at each others dress.’
- ‘Faith, I'm afraid, master, I'll make a bad hand of it; but, sure, it's something to have Judy here to keep me in countenance.’
- ‘But sure he, who is so civil to ladies, had heard that I designed such an address, and, contenting himself with having got so much the advantage of me in Pompey, was willing to yield me this mate in chess, and to write ill on purpose to keep me in countenance.’
- ‘‘Most assuredly,’ said the Prime Minister. ‘And I hope that you will keep me in countenance.’’
- ‘It is his[Putin's] reward for letting the [ABM] treaty go down the tubes without throwing a temper tantrum, and it keeps him in countenance at home.’
- ‘But the thought of having that venerable hero to keep me in countenance emboldens me to risk everything; I am no older than he.’
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