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    Question 'keep your pecker up'?

    Hi,
    My Cambridge dictionary says this is an old-fashioned idiom. Is there any common idiom meaning the same, in BrE?





    (Could 'chin up' have the same meaning here?)

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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    Keep your chin up has the same meaning. You could approach it from the opposite direction and tell them not to let things get them down.

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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    Not something you'd say in North America, at least not with that meaning.


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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    I believe it refers to the mouth originally in BrE.

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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    'Keep your pecker up' mean that you should try to stay happy and not let things get you down.

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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    where i come from, although we don't use this phrase, my interpretation of "keep your pecker up" is something a woman says to her boyfriend when in the heat of passion. Not sure what it means in Canada....

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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    Quote Originally Posted by SanMar View Post
    Not something you'd say in North America, at least not with that meaning.


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    Default Re: 'keep your pecker up'?

    I think it comes from "pecker" meaning "beak" so the facial link to "mouth" and "chin" both make sense. I would say "chin up" is closest.

    The other meaning of "pecker" could lead to some interesting misunderstandings though!

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