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'Keep a stiff upper lip, Mr. Haskins. That's all you get to keep.'
To be British is to resolutely refuse to succumb to drama, excitement or high emotion when under duress.
Through thick and thin, John always managed to keep a stiff upper lip.
"You're in a funk. It's like depression, but without the support."
"Look, Alice, if you're unhappy with your life, just do what I do: whisper you wants and needs into a cloth napkin, then crumple it up and put it in your lap."
Sports that the British Excel At: Keeping cheerful!
'I'm sorry, folks. Psychodrama is out, stiff upper lip is in!'
Stiff Upper Lip
'We're ok for duffel jackets and stiff upper lips sir, but short on Brylcream.'
"We're luckier than most people..."
"Get rid of that. You're supposed to show a stiff upper lip!"
Randolph maintains a stiff upper lip while the rest of him just goes to hell.
"For heaven's sake Timothy, stop trying to put a brave face on everything"
'Dating Bureau' 'Buttoned up types'