keep (one's) temper

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keep (one's) temper

To refrain from becoming angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to maintain control of one's composure despite being angry or upset. You're a good driver, but if you don't do a better job of keeping your temper when other drivers make mistakes, you're going to end up causing a crash some day. It's hard to keep my temper with the kids after being kept awake by them all night long.
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keep one's temper

 and hold one's temper
to hold back an expression of anger. (The opposite of lose one's temper.) She should have learned to keep her temper when she was a child. Sally got thrown off the team because she couldn't hold her temper.
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keep/lose your ˈtemper (with somebody)

manage/fail to control your anger: You must learn to keep your temper.He loses his temper very quickly if you argue with him.
See also: keep, lose, temper
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Some who could be vulnerable to bullying are taught how to make friends while others prone to aggressive behaviour are being instructed on how to keep their temper.
Ferguson has continually insisted he has no discipline problems at Old Trafford and having headed to London to watch Arsenal's first Champions League duel with Chelsea in midweek, knows Arsene Wenger's men can keep their temper in check too.
Road works prevented some going to Tannadice, lucky sods, while the rest did well to keep their temper as they crawled along the A80 at a snail's pace or, as it is now known, Emerson's pace.
Witnesses are also advised to keep their temper at all costs.
Souness has joked that Taylor's temperament would make him a great sonin-law but does not always stand him in good stead on the pitch, and where many footballers are trying to keep their temper under control, the 22-year-old is attempting to fire himself up.
Our police officers are given so much abuse by young tearaways today and I don't know how they manage to keep their temper.
Parents and children should not be allowed to play if they can't keep their tempers down a notch.
Manchester United found it hard to keep their tempers in check after a 1-0 loss to bitter-rivals Manchester CIty in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley on Saturday.
If the movie never fully explodes, that would seem to suit the upscale characters, conditioned to keep their tempers in check.
DRINK no doubt plays a part in the violence that has scarred derby matches between Blues and Villa, loosening the inhibitions of the hotheads who would otherwise keep their tempers in check.
But with Steve Evans and Chester's Richard Ravenhill dismissed when the Dragons triumphed 2-1 in August's ill-tempered game, Carey is urging his players to keep their tempers in check.
But he believes the Scotland youngsters will be a match for anybody if they can keep their tempers in check.
There have been times when England's players have become frustrated and failed to keep their tempers under control.