cucumber

(redirected from Cucumbers)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.

be as cool as a cucumber

slang To be 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.
See also: cool, cucumber

(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.
See also: cool, cucumber

*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.
See also: cool, cucumber

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.
See also: cool, cucumber

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.
See also: cool, cucumber

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?
See also: cool, cucumber

(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.
See also: cool, cucumber

cool as a cucumber

Perfectly composed, self-possessed. The cool temperature of cucumbers apparently was observed long ago, and indeed one modern writer quotes recent evidence that the inside of a field cucumber on a warm day is 20 degrees cooler than the air. Beaumont and Fletcher described “young maids . . . as cold as cucumbers” (Cupid’s Revenge, 1615, 1.1), and in 1732 John Gay, in a New Song on New Similies, wrote, “I . . . cool as a cucumber could see the rest of womankind.” A more recent version with essentially the same meaning is cool, calm, and collected, which likewise owes its popularity to its alliterative appeal. The earliest (and only partial) reference cited by the OED is Sir J. Hannen’s in an 1885 law journal: “A calm and collected and rational mind.”
See also: cool, cucumber
References in classic literature ?
Then, there are the presents which come pouring over the wall every day, and very fine they certainly are, very fine; we had one of the cucumbers at dinner yesterday, and think of pickling the rest for next winter.
'You know, there is no language of vegetables, which converts a cucumber into a formal declaration of attachment.'
"Sire," replied the bird, before either the princes or the princess could speak, "surely your Highness cannot be so surprised at beholding a cucumber stuffed with pearls, when you believed without any difficulty that the Sultana had presented you, instead of children, with a dog, a cat, and a log of wood."
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) yesterday arrested five individuals from a Vietnam-registered trawler in the waters of Kudat for trespassing and having in possession 500kg of fresh sea cucumbers on the boat.
Once a year, Hendricks declares the celebrations, by officially allowing patrons in selected bars to use cucumbers as tender i.e.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has prohibited fishing, possession and circulation of sea cucumbers for two years.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
He saved a few of my blunders and gave me new cucumbers to work with.
smoked mackerel pATE WITH HELEN'S PICKLED CUCUMBERS SERVES 4 smoked INGREDIENTS 400g smoked mackerel fillets, skinned; 200g cream cheese; 1tbsp creme fraiche; 1 lemon, halved; 2tbsp chopped chives; 2tbsp chopped dill; oatcakes, optional, to serve; sea salt and black pepper For Helen's pickled cucumbers: 500ml water; 100g sugar; 100ml white wine vinegar; 2 bay leaves; 2 thyme sprigs; 350g cucumber METHOD 1.
QI'VE read I need to "pinch out" my cucumbers - what does this mean exactly?
Fold cucumbers and onions into dressing until well combined and all the vegetables are coated with the dressing.
smoked INGREDIENTS 400g smoked mackerel fillets, skinned; 200g cream cheese; 1tbsp creme fraiche; 1 lemon, halved; 2tbsp chopped chives; 2tbsp chopped dill; oatcakes, optional, to serve; sea salt and black pepper For Helen's pickled cucumbers: 500ml water; 100g sugar; 100ml white wine vinegar; 2 bay leaves; 2 thyme sprigs; 350g cucumber METHOD 1.
Cucumbers are delicious to eat, not to mention refreshing inside and out!
Enter mini cucumbers. It's said that these compact cukes (sometimes called Persian cucumbers) got their start in the late 1930s, when breeders crossed Middle-Eastern cucumbers with Indian, Japanese, Chinese, American, English, and Dutch varieties to make them more resilient to disease.
Complete fermentation with fermented cucumbers that maintained their firmness was achieved without using any NaCl and an 80% lower chloride content.