brave face

See: audacity
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You can put a brave face on it," sobbed Aurelia, "but you can't deceive me.
SAINBURY'S store manager Dominic Zeall entertained the customers and put on a brave face to raise money for Sport Relief.
Sally puts on a brave face as she prepares to receive her test results, and Sophie is devastated that Sian is moving away to live with her mother.
He put a brave face on his heartbreak after returning to Britain to face a bitter divorce battle with wife Katie Price, 31.
BRITISH mercenary Simon Mann, 55, put on a brave face after being handed a 34-year prison sentence for his part in an failed African coup plot in Equatorial Guinea.
Robert says that while he is putting on a brave face, he thinks about his son 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Ontario forest industry is putting on a brave face, but privately they have plenty of misgivings about the new softwood compromise.
So they put on a brave face to help her celebrate her secretly-planned wedding to Gavin.
BARRY CASH was yesterday putting a brave face on losing the ride on Brave Inca to Tony McCoy in today's Grade 1 Emo Oil Champion Hurdle at Punchestown, writes Tony O'Hehir.
He suggests that because his brother was just a teenager when he volunteered for the SS, his sense of obedience made him a victim as well as an instrument of the Nazis: "Cheated of his own story, of a chance to experience his own feelings, he was reduced to putting a brave face on things.
Sian put on a brave face as she was told that she had received the least number of votes from viewers of ITV1'S I'm A Celebrity.
DANNIELLA Westbrook put on a brave face yesterday as she recovered from gruelling surgery to repair her cocaine-ravaged nose.