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The meaning and origin of the expression: Screw your courage to the sticking place

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Screw your courage to the sticking place

What's the meaning of the phrase 'Screw your courage to the sticking place'?

Be firm and resolute.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Screw your courage to the sticking place'?

This line is from Shakespeare's Macbeth, 1605:

Lady Macbeth:
'We fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail.'

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