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Hi,

Can ‘armour up’ be used like this?

“He almost fell apart during the presentation, but when it was over and we went to talk to our friends, he armoured up and said that it was easy.”

Thank you.

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In a quick search, I didn't find any examples of such a figurative use of "armour up". That doesn't mean it's not possible for you to use it that way, but it doesn't seem to be a known expression.

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I have never heard "armor up" as an expression, and I can't find it in any online dictionary, including the OED. I can't even tell what it is supposed to mean in your sentence. I am an American, by the way.

Ann225Can ‘armour up’ be used like this?

It's not likely that many people will be familiar with it. They might confuse it with this https://www.yourdictionary.com/up-armored

Thank you. I heard it in an interview with Robin Williams where he was talking about how men often try to look tough even though they don’t feel like it.

What would you recommend me to use instead?

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Ann225Thank you. I heard it in an interview with Robin Williams where he was talking about how men often try to look tough even though they don’t feel like it.What would you recommend me to use instead?

That explains it. Two informal possibilites are "he manned up" and "he cowboyed up". You can say "he pulled himself together".

Many thanks. Emotion: smile