Definition of take one's courage in both hands in US English:

take one's courage in both hands

phrase

  • Nerve oneself to do something that frightens one.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’