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

put a good (or brave or bold) face on something

phrase

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

    ‘he tried to put a good face on the financial picture’
    • ‘He is staying very positive but is hugely disappointed and is putting a brave face on it.’
    • ‘Very often nobody in the house knows how you feel and you put a brave face on it.’
    • ‘She was sure her absolute terror was showing but she tried to put a brave face on it anyway.’
    • ‘He has put a brave face on it but he has taken it as a personal insult to himself and what he has achieved.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can put a brave face on it, but really all I want to do is be by myself and weep for a month.’
    • ‘That put a brave face on it, but there were guilty consciences wherever you looked.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    front, show, display, act, appearance, false front, facade, exterior, guise, mask, masquerade, pretence, charade, pose, illusion, smokescreen, veneer, camouflage
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