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English definition of “put on a brave face”

put on a brave face

(also put a brave face on it)
to behave as if a problem is not important or does not worry you: She seems all right but I suspect she's just putting on a brave face .Controlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions
(Definition of put on a brave face from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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