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To "be a man about it"; to do the things a good man is traditionally expected to do, such as: taking responsibility for the consequences of one's actions; displaying bravery or toughness in the face of adversity; providing for one's family, etc.

Hey son, man up, ok? There will be time for tears later.

Additional definitions for 'man up':

man upHis station, prepared for departure of an aircraft, ship, etc.
man upTo staff adequately; to staff up; to successfully fill all needed labor positions.
man uprise to the occasion , admit to it , face it...
man upStand up and take the consequences, Get it together and take immediate action, face the music and dance!
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