whistle past the graveyard
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whistle past the graveyard (third-person singular simple present whistles past the graveyard, present participle whistling past the graveyard, simple past and past participle whistled past the graveyard)
- (idiomatic, US) To attempt to stay cheerful in a dire situation; to proceed with a task, ignoring an upcoming hazard, hoping for a good outcome.
- (idiomatic, US) To enter a situation with little or no understanding of the possible consequences.
to try to be cheerful in the face of one's fears
to ignore a bad situation