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stiff upper lip

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sticky wicket

noun phrase

A very difficult or awkward situation; a nasty affair: ''It's a sticky wicket,'' he said, but he left open the possibility that it could be orchestrated in a few cases/ It's the original sticky wicket

[1952+; fr the British phrase bat on (or at) a sticky wicket, ''contend with great difficulties,'' fr the game of cricket]

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  • "We got to keep a stiff upper lip, baby sister," she would say, with an encouraging pat.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • You'd better just keep a stiff upper lip and face the music.

  • Tact and a stiff upper lip is what you'll want; and you could bluff a little on the strength of your backing.

  • "Well, good-by, Uncle Tom; keep a stiff upper lip," said George.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • I was forced to keep a stiff upper lip, but the task was not a slight one.

  • Very well, let it be so, I can keep a stiff upper lip, I believe.

    The Socialist Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • So the men on board realized the necessity of keeping a stiff upper lip.

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • Keep a stiff upper lip, both on yo', an' we'll try t' manage him.

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stiff upper lip

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