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tough soldiers with plenty of bravado
  a show of courage — especially intentionally shown to intimidate or earn admiration
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  • tough soldiers with plenty of bravado
  • a trace of bravado in her stance
  • a show of bravado I didn’t feel
  • There was no longer any deceit or bravado in the manner of the accused.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • In a moment of bravado, just before she goes, Anybodys spits-but cautiously.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story
  • "—these walls are solidly put together;" and here, through the mere phrenzy of bravado, I rapped heavily, with a cane which I held in my hand, upon that very portion of the brick-work behind which stood the corpse of the wife of my bosom.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • She opened her mouth to reply, but his bravado left her speechless.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • They stood and looked down at the Endarkened, and Jace could feel the hesitation in their bravado.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • With false bravado I said, "Let’s do this."
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In a fit of blind bravado, I shoved the torch forward as far as my arm would reach.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • No energy was wasted on bravado or idle threats.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Though I knew it was part of the bluster and bravado he displayed for his fellows, there was a casualness to his usage, as if he were speaking of any animal in a pen, which stopped me cold for a moment.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Kate asked, with a show of bravado.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • "I—well, I should hope I’m more than just some simpering courtier," she said with as much bravado as she could muster.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • She wondered if Calvin realized that a lot of the arrogance was bravado.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • A half hour later, driving along in the dark silence, the anger and bravado I’d felt earlier started to subside.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • And in that moment, with bravado borrowed from Jack, it is okay.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • His bravado inspired others, who formed armed vigilante groups to patrol the state.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • They speak of the schools with yearning and bravado; they want desperately to be selected.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I even put that on my passport, in a moment of bravado, since the other choice would have been housewife.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "I like the feel of the wind on my face," I continued, hoping my bravado masked my terror of moving at speeds upward of sixty-five miles an hour with nothing standing between me and the road.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "You can’t make me do this, you know," I hissed threateningly at Murtagh’s back as I followed him downstairs, but he and I both knew my words were empty bravado.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • This was what Idris had misgivings about, the fanfare, the flaunting, the unabashed showmanship, the bravado.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Ruthie, in a burst of bravado, boosted her skirt and sat down.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Ralph surprised himself, not so much by the quality of his voice, which was even, but by the bravado of its intention.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • All my bravado is gone.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • We go into ops areas full of gung ho bravado, the way we’re trained-Bring ’cause on, we’re ready!
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • He was the youngest of my uncles, and I always remembered him full of life and bravado.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • There was no longer any deceit or bravado in the manner of the accused.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He could be extremely responsible, but he had a tendency to wing it sometimes, to act impulsively, to get by on bravado and style.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Collet was flabbergasted by Sophie Neveu’s bravado.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • On the first day of his life as a strikebreaker Jurgis quit work early, and in a spirit of bravado he challenged three men of his acquaintance to go outside and get a drink.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Whatever Zaphod’s qualities of mind might include—dash, bravado, conceit— he was mechanically inept and could easily blow the ship up with an extravagant gesture.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Though I’ve always had a healthy sense of self, I knew this lecture needed more than just bravado.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • He had felt insane with bravado.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Mulch swallowed, his bravado suddenly deserting him.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He knew he had won when the captain’s shoulders drooped and the bravado faded from his bearing.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She took a lover, the first who offered, a man whom she did not love, out of bravado and with rage in her heart.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She was sure of herself, with a serenity of confidence which made Rosalind’s self-reliance seem almost bravado.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Forgetting Kirke’s injunction not to try to fight Skylla, he arms himself and picks up his two spears, a foolish piece of Iliadic bravado.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But one-man cars get into less trouble because you reduce bravado.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • Drew looked up at her, the bravado fading just enough for Patrick to realize he was scared to death that they knew something more than they were admitting to him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • He grimaced, trying to cover the pain with a thin attempt at bravado.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • He’d shown us what a little bravado and courage could accomplish, and we thought he’d taught us how to use it.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • But a minute later his face suddenly changed and with a certain assumed slyness and affectation of bravado, he glanced at Raskolnikov, laughed and said: "This morning I went to see Sonia, I went to ask her for a pick-me-up!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • After the tension, the anger, the bravado of her earlier state of mind, followed by the violence of Pilate’s words to her granddaughter, this quiet social-tea tone disarmed her, threw her too soon and too suddenly back into the mannered dignity that was habitual for her.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • For all her bravado, though, I knew Sophie had her own problems.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • It was said she had been brutally jilted by her cousin, Rutland Whitney, and that she married this unknown man from the West out of bravado.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • But whereas a puppy will cringe away or roll on its back, groveling, a little boy may cover his shyness with nonchalance, with bravado, or with secrecy.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • You think you carry it off very well, I dare say, but with you it is a sort of bravado, an air of affected unconcern; I always observe it whenever I meet you under those circumstances.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
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