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17 / 04 / 2007

(KEEP) A STIFF UPPER LIP: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we will answer a question from Sebastià Altemir. Sebastià wants to know what a "stiff upper lip" means.

Today's expression is: (to keep) a stiff upper lip

It means: to keep calm and hide your feelings when you are in pain or in a difficult situation; to hide your emotions.

According to Wikipedia, this expression has traditionally been used to describe a stereotypical characteristic of British people, who were (and sometimes still are) perceived by many as being reserved; the idiom is however of American origin.

Example 1:
The British like to keep a stiff upper lip.

Example 2:
If you keep your emotions to yourself and don't let others know how you feel when something bad happens, you keep a stiff upper lip.

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