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English definition of “stiff upper lip”

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stiff upper lip

noun [C usually singular] uk   us  
Someone who has a stiff upper lip does not show their feelings when they are upset: He was taught at school to keep a stiff upper lip, whatever happens.
Translations of “stiff upper lip”
in Chinese (Traditional) 堅忍,剛毅,沉得住氣…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坚忍,刚毅,沉得住气…
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