Put on a brave face

see: brave face


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    [noun poo t-on, -awn; adjective poo t-on, -awn] /noun ˈpʊtˌɒn, -ˌɔn; adjective ˈpʊtˈɒn, -ˈɔn/ noun, Informal. 1. an act or instance of putting someone on. 2. a prank or pretense, especially one perpetrated or assumed in mock seriousness; hoax; spoof. 3. affected manner or behavior; pretentiousness. adjective 4. assumed, feigned, pretended, or disguised: a put-on […]

  • Put on a brave front

    see: brave front

  • Put on an act

    verb phrase To behave misleadingly, esp pretentiously; SHOOT someone A LINE (1934+) Pretend, especially in order to deceive; also, show off. For example, We were afraid Charlie had hurt himself, but he was just putting on an act, or We know you’re a good swimmer—stop putting on an act. [ c. 1930 ]

  • Put one in mind of

    Remind one, as in You put me in mind of your grandmother . This idiom was first recorded in 1530. For a synonym see call to mind

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