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Get up the nerve


Find the inner strength to complete a challenging chore. Often used when someone finally asks a romantic interest on a date. ‘Nerve’ is used in the sense of emotional fortitude. (Compare to Get up and go or Will power.)

“I had to give a speech and finally I got up the nerve to do it.”

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