Keep Your Chin Up (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Keep Your Chin Up"?

The term "keep your chin up" means to remain joyful in a tough situation.
Keep Your Chin Up (Origin)
"Keep your chin up" are words of encouragement that have been in use since the 1860s. The term, however, has only been in popular use since the 1940s (evidence), presumably because it was used a lot during World War II. Grammatically speaking, "keep your chin up" is an imperative sentence. It instructs a person to fight any low feelings that might cause them to droop their heads.

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