Definition of pluck up (or screw up or take) courage in US English:

pluck up (or screw up or take) courage


  • Make an effort to do something that frightens one.

    • ‘It takes courage and commitment to go trekking in the jungle of South America especially if you are afraid of spiders.’
    • ‘It takes courage to reach out to the enemy, to heal their hurt than to pull the trigger.’
    • ‘He sounded very sweet and down to earth so I eventually plucked up the courage to give him a call.’
    • ‘This was a life-affirming, emotionally and intellectually liberating message, and it took courage and conviction to be the messenger.’
    • ‘The necessary resolve takes courage and persistence, from police, parents and the wider community.’
    • ‘It takes courage and nerve to face down fundamentalism when it comes knocking.’
    • ‘Sometimes this takes courage, but it can also force the concerns publicly and to make change.’
    • ‘They eye me shyly from the doorway before plucking up the courage to come in.’
    • ‘This week he also intends to pluck up the courage to visit his home, which is fenced off for safety reasons.’
    • ‘She has to pluck up the courage to perform them at a songwriter's showcase if she is to have any hope at all of making it.’
    • ‘It took courage because it was a real scary time, y'know?’
    • ‘It takes courage and wisdom to make the best of an imperfect situation and accept the inevitable.’
    • ‘I admire her passion and courage, as let's face it, it takes courage for a woman to refuse to breed these days, but still, despite my ambition I can't imagine life without a child.’
    • ‘Credit is due to both for getting this far; it took courage.’
    be brave enough, have the courage, pluck up courage, take the risk
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