Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
Word and Phrase Origins

Where does the saying 'stiff upper lip' originate?

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07/26/2008

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.