One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
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- ‘She was sure her absolute terror was showing but she tried to put a brave face on it anyway.’
- ‘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 is staying very positive but is hugely disappointed and is putting a brave face on it.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘Meanwhile, Ostenstad is putting a brave face on his own injury set-back.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Very often nobody in the house knows how you feel and you put a brave face on it.’
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