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hold your head high | hold your head up high

Meaning: You can hold your head high, or hold your head up high, if you feel proud of something.

For example:

  • The team didn't win, but they can hold their heads up high because they put up a great fight.

  • Al said, "Will our generation be able to hold our heads high if we've created serious environmental problems for our grandchildren to deal with? I don't think so!"

Note: "Hold your head high" is more common in American English, and "hold your head up high" is more common in British and Australian English.

Quick Quiz:

After failing his driving test three times, Shane can hold his head up high now because he has
  1. tried again
  2. failed again
  3. passed it

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