man up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive] informal
present tense
I/you/we/theyman up
he/she/itmans up
present participlemanning up
past tensemanned up
past participlemanned up
  1. to start being brave and dealing with a difficult situation

    Now we’ve got to man up and take care of ourselves.

    It seems he manned up and told the truth.

See also main entry: man