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    stiff upper lip

    I've already checked some dictionaries but can't get it clearly.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...upper+lip.html

    Is this expression only for bad luck?
    I think I heard someone said he had to keep a stiff upper lip when he really wanted to laugh in a serious meeting.

    Would you use this when you hold your laughter?

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    Re: stiff upper lip

    Quote Originally Posted by sumo View Post
    I've already checked some dictionaries but can't get it clearly.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...upper+lip.html

    Is this expression only for bad luck?
    I think I heard someone said he had to keep a stiff upper lip when he really wanted to laugh in a serious meeting.

    Would you use this when you hold your laughter?
    Not really. The expression "keep a straight face" would be more appropriate. Here are some other 'restraint' idioms/collocations:

    sit on one's hands [i.e. don't applaud] - show no approval
    bite one's tongue - not say something that one really wants to say
    stifle a yawn/giggle/sneeze - not show boredom/laughter/sneeze

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