keep your head

keep (one's) head

To be and remain in a calm, stable, sensible, and pragmatic state or condition despite stress. My father has always been a rock of level-headed judgment and advice. Even during our family's lowest points, he's always kept his head.
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keep your head

COMMON If you keep your head, you remain calm in a difficult situation. Keep your head. A calm presence is an invaluable asset. The most important thing is to keep your head and focus on what you are doing. Compare with lose your head.
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keep (or lose) your head

remain (or fail to remain) calm.
1990 Time He claims that Quayle rises to the challenge, takes chances but keeps his head.
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keep your ˈhead

think clearly and remain calm: If there is a robbery, you should try to keep your head and do as you are told.
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I expect you'll learn to sew all right, Lena, if you'll only keep your head and not go gadding about to dances all the time and neglect your work, the way some country girls do.
You keep your head shet, and mind y'r own affairs -- if you got any.
I hope both you young men will keep your heads cool," put in Mr.
I've always said if you can keep your head high and laugh out loud in the street without feeling embarrassed, people will always give you a wide berth.
This provides wonderful training to keep your head still.
CD REVIEWS Girls Can't Catch: Keep Your Head Up With a seemingly neverending supply of girl bands flooding the chart at the moment, you would be hardly surprised to learn that Girl's Can't Catch hail from Polydor, the label that also unleashed Girls Aloud, Pussycat Dolls and The Saturdays.
It is always important in difficult situations to keep your head and remain cool.
Racing on fast ground and a flat track should suit him Cheltenham thought for the week (for tipsters everywhere) If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, you'll be a man, my son
Chances are, you keep your head down, grin, and bear it.
Often they are right but trying to keep your head down for a long time can lead to many other problems.
By consciously trying to keep your head still you will become tense and anxious, ruining any chance of playing consistently.
Count Me In; Alex Rodriguez: Hit A Grand Slam; Kerri Strug: Heart Of Gold; Sheryl Swoopes: Bounce Back; Mo Vaughn: Follow Your Dreams; Kurt Warner: Keep Your Head Up; Kristi Yamaguchi: Always Dream; Steve Young: Forever Young; Vince Carter: Choose Your Course; Eric Gagne: Break Barriers; and Brad Johnson: Play With Passion.
The latter may be unrelated to performance in any direct sense, but it nevertheless has the power to surround and energize you as you strive to keep your head up, your confidence high and your feet moving toward that finish line.
Either way, do try to keep your head above the mainstream water.
Heaney wrote that Hebert offered this advice for student journalists, "Keep your head out of the clouds, keep your head above water," Hebert said.
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