cool as a cucumber


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(as) cool as a cucumber

slang Calm and composed, especially in times of stress. I was petrified to take the stage, but Alice was as cool as a cucumber. Practicing meditation has helped me to be as cool as a cucumber in times of trouble.
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*cool as a cucumber

extremely calm; imperturbable. (*Also: as ~.) Joan felt nervous, but she acted as cool as a cucumber. The politician kept cool as a cucumber throughout the interview with the aggressive journalist.
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cool as a cucumber

Calm and composed, self-possessed, as in Despite the mishap Margaret was cool as a cucumber. This idiom may be based on the fact that in hot weather the inside of cucumbers remains cooler than the air. [c. 1600] For a synonym, see cool, calm, and collected.
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cool as a cucumber

If someone is as cool as a cucumber, they are very relaxed, calm, and unemotional. Never once did she gasp for air or mop her brow. She was as cool as a cucumber. Karen is usually as cool as a cucumber when she appears on television.
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cool as a cucumber

perfectly cool or self-possessed.
1992 Randall Kenan Let the Dead Bury Their Dead How many men do you know, black or white, could bluff, cool as a cucumber, caught butt-naked in bed with a damn whore?
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(as) ˌcool as a ˈcucumber

(informal) (of people) very calm, especially when the opposite might be expected, for example on a hot day or in a difficult situation: Everyone was rushing round trying to get things ready, and he just sat there, cool as a cucumber.
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