What does the expression “to keep one’s pecker up” mean and Where does it come from?

The expression “to keep one’s pecker up” means: To maintain one’s courage or resolution; not to get down in the mouth; to keep a stiff upper lip.

In fact, we might say that “lip” and “pecker” are two terms for the same thing, as the lip corresponds with the beak or pecker of a bird.

The expression dates to about the middle of the nineteenth century.

what does the expression to keep ones pecker up mean and where does it come from
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