keep (one's) powder dry

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keep (one's) powder dry

To be prepared to act with little advance notice. The phrase refers to gunpowder, which needs to be kept dry in order to work properly. I know this job opportunity didn't work out, but keep your powder dry for the next one that comes along.
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keep one's powder dry

Stay alert, be careful, as in Go ahead and take on the opposition, but keep your powder dry. This colloquial expression, which originally alluded to keeping gunpowder dry so that it would ignite, has been used figuratively since the 1800s but today is less common than take care.
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keep your powder dry

If you keep your powder dry, you remain ready to take action if necessary. He must keep his powder dry for the really important issues. Note: The powder referred to here is gunpowder. The expression comes from a story about the English leader Oliver Cromwell. He is said to have ended a speech to his soldiers, who were about to cross a river and go into battle, by saying: `Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry.'
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keep your powder dry

be ready for action; remain alert for a possible emergency.
When his troops were about to cross a river, the English statesman and general Oliver Cromwell ( 1599–1658 ) is said to have exorted them: ‘Put your trust in God; but mind to keep your powder dry’. The powder referred to is gunpowder.
1998 Independent Instead of keeping its powder dry for the important things, New Labour's political fate is being inextricably bound up with events over which mere politicians can have no control.
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keep your ˈpowder dry

(old-fashioned) remain ready for a possible emergency: The bank is not cutting interest rates at the moment, preferring to keep its powder dry in case it’s forced to cut them in the future.This comes from advice given by Oliver Cromwell to his troops when they were crossing a river before battle. Powder here refers to the gunpowder used to fire bullets.
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keep (one's) powder dry

To be ready for a challenge with little warning.
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there are still a few of us who rely on the Doctor's good writing to keep our powder dry, while using cap-and-ball and open sights.
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We've just got to be patient, sit tight and make sure we keep our powder dry.
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We felt it appropriate to keep our powder dry and explore these opportunities.
The debaters for our side prevail on logical grounds because we keep our powder dry, and have good enough timing that we hold our fire.
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Spokesman Balthazar Fabricius said: "In light of what has happened we want to keep our powder dry and let the dust settle.
With some big clashes coming up tomorrow and on Sunday, it may pay to keep our powder dry.
already crowned champions, may rest players, so it could be best to keep our powder dry for the forthcoming play-offs.