keep a stiff upper lip

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keep a stiff upper lip This American expression (often thought to be British) was current during the war. It could be employed on the battlefield to urge a man not to panic and used in camp to persuade a mess mate to be unmoved by a sweetheart's fickleness. From The Language of the Civil War by John D. Wright page 167
 
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