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

put a brave (or bold) face on something

phrase

  • Act as if something unpleasant is not as bad as it really is.

    ‘he was putting a brave face on it but she knew he was shattered’
    • ‘I can put a brave face on it, but really all I want to do is be by myself and weep for a month.’
    • ‘He is staying very positive but is hugely disappointed and is putting a brave face on it.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Ostenstad is putting a brave face on his own injury set-back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has put a brave face on it but he has taken it as a personal insult to himself and what he has achieved.’
    • ‘That put a brave face on it, but there were guilty consciences wherever you looked.’
    • ‘She was sure her absolute terror was showing but she tried to put a brave face on it anyway.’
    • ‘Very often nobody in the house knows how you feel and you put a brave face on it.’
    • ‘Tracey Morris tries to put a brave face on it, but there is no disguising the fact she is bitterly disappointed not to be competing in tomorrow's race.’
    • ‘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.’’
    front, show, display, act, appearance, false front, facade, exterior, guise, mask, masquerade, pretence, charade, pose, illusion, smokescreen, veneer, camouflage
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