Meaning of cowboy up in English:

cowboy up

See synonyms for cowboy up

phrasal verb

informal US
  • Make a determined effort to overcome an obstacle or deal with a difficult situation.

    • ‘if the recount votes aren't to his liking, he still needs to cowboy up and let the voters' will be heard’
    • ‘This would be an open attempt to get them to thinking that they need to cowboy up and put me in my place.’
    • ‘The detective cowboys up to hunt down the mysterious marauder.’
    • ‘Even the Texans were able to cowboy up in holding the Dolphins' defense without a sack.’
    • ‘But a man, she thought, was supposed to endure pain, cowboy up, and not bitch about it all day long.’
    • ‘Both sides need to cowboy up.’