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what is meant by "keep up your spirits for something/keep your spirits up" and "keep your spirits high",and when we can use these expression ,is there any difference between these two?in which situations we can use these expressions?I would be grateful to you for helping me in this regard.
KeenlearnerHello teachers,Stay happy - said when it may not necessarily be so easy to do so.
Anonymous:keep your spirts up = means stay positive
The expression 'keep up your spirirts' or keep your spirits up' means 'staying positive and hopeful despite a difficult situation such as a loss of one's job'. Sentence: Although you have lost your job, you need to go out and socialise to try to keep up your spirits.
'Keep your spirits high' is similar in meaning since the words 'high' and 'up' as used in these expressions are synonymous. However, 'keep your spirits high' has a slightly stronger force.
Sentence: The widower managed to 'keep his spirits high' by attending parties every weekend.
I hope this helps.
Philip Blissett BA, PGCE, MA
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