Keep your chin up
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Keep your chin up'?
Remain cheerful in a difficult situation.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Keep your chin up'?
This sounds like one of those rousing maxims that were drilled into the young of Victorian England - like keep a stiff upper lip. Perhaps surprisingly, the phrase is American. The first use of it that I can find is from the Pennsylvania newspaper The Evening Democrat, October 1900, under the heading Epigrams Upon the Health-giving Qualities of Mirth:
"Keep your chin up. Don't take your troubles to bed with you - hang them on a chair with your trousers or drop them in a glass of water with your teeth." - [they were easily amused in Pennsylvania in 1900].
See also: the List of Proverbs.
See other phrases that were coined in the USA.