style it out

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style it out (third-person singular simple present styles it out, present participle styling it out, simple past and past participle styled it out)

  1. To appear confident.
    • 2015 February 21, Radnor, Abigail, “How I get ready: Beverley Knight”, in The Guardian[1]:
      You’ve got to fake it until you make it. It’s an oldie but a goodie, because it's true. Many people worry about walking into a room full of strangers, but you have to style it out, appear confident. Everyone will fall for it, and suddenly the reality takes over and you are confident.
  2. (Britain) To pretend not to be embarrassed; to deny that an embarrassing thing ever happened.
    • 2011 April 29, Hudson, Polly, “Advice for Kate Middleton: If anything goes wrong, style it out...”, in Daily Mirror[2]:
      Emergency: One trips while being taken up the aisle.¶ Solution: Style it out. Turn that tumble into a dance move, and keep it up all the way to the altar.
    • 2012 December 12, “Not so cool now! Kate Moss tries to style it out after tripping over her heels during mid-morning stroll with husband Jamie Hince”, in Daily Mail[3]:
    • 2015 October 27, Fletcher, Harry, “Watch BBC newsreader Joanna Gosling style it out after missing her cue”, in Digital Spy[4]:
      Is this the smoothest newsreader ever? Joanna Gosling more than made up for missing her cue on BBC News this morning (October 27) with a suave recovery. Gosling was late to start her report, but styled it out with a smooth "belated good morning".

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