man up

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To "be a man about it"; to do the things a good man is traditionally expected to do, such as: taking responsibility for the consequences of one's actions; displaying bravery or toughness in the face of adversity; providing for one's family, etc.

Etymology:

  • man + up, with influence from own up, buck up. Used frequently in military circles.
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Hey son, man up, ok? There will be time for tears later.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'man up':

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