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grin and bear it

Meaning: If you grin and bear it, you accept a difficult situation and try not to let it upset you.

For example:

  • I really don't like singing karaoke, but if it's someone's birthday party I'll grin and bear it.

  • Our son was very brave about his treatment in hospital and he'd always grin and bear it.

Quick Quiz:

You just have to grin and bear it when you
  1. go to the movies
  2. go to the zoo
  3. go to the dentist

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