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Where does the saying 'stiff upper lip' originate?


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It is typical of the British. I suspect it is British/Indian in origin & is descriptive of a lack of emotion, or at least visible emotion. Apparrently it comes from the novellist PG Wodehouse in 1924, or at least it was popularised by him.