One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Nerve oneself to do something that frightens one.
- ‘When will our MPs, sent to Parliament to represent the true interests of the people of the country, take their courage in both hands and vote to dispose of him?’
- ‘When Corissa had composed herself, she took her courage in both hands and retrieved three of the Chronicles to take home with her.’
- ‘Then, at the end of last year and at the age of 26, the Frenchwoman finally took her courage in both hands and won the Tour championships.’
- ‘What's interesting here is that the whistleblowers take their courage in both hands and allow themselves to be named.’
- ‘In the meantime it is up to the best of the rest to take their courage in both hands.’
- ‘Not ones to shy away from a challenge we took courage in both hands and came away with one of everything; one bag had pastries in it, the other bag had candied… erm… stuff.’
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