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English definition of “pluck up your courage”

pluck up your courage

(also pluck up (the) courage to do sth)
C2 to force yourself to be brave enough to do something, although you are frightened or worried about it: He finally plucked up courage to ask her to marry him. I'd love to do a parachute jump, but I can't pluck up the/enough courage.
(Definition of pluck up your courage from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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