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keep (one's) cool

To maintain control of one's composure, temper, or nerve in a given situation. He really kept his cool when the waiter dropped his food. I tried to keep my cool during the interview, but I was extremely nervous the whole time.
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keep cool

1. To stay calm. In this usage, a possessive pronoun is often used between "keep" and "cool." You know they're going to try to antagonize you during the debate, so just keep cool. I always try to keep my cool when dealing with the cable company.
2. Literally, to not get overly hot, as in hot weather. A: "How have you been during this brutal heat wave?" B: "Oh, keeping cool, thanks to the air conditioning in the office."
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keep cool

Inf. to stay calm and undisturbed. Relax, man, keep cool! If Sally could just keep cool before a race, she could probably win.
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keep one's cool

Inf. to remain calm and in control. Relax, man! Just keep your cool. It's hard to keep your cool when you've been cheated.
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keep cool

Also, keep a cool head; stay cool; be cool; (take it cool). Remain calm and under control, as in Keep cool, they'll soon show up, or Be cool, the surprise is not spoiled, or You have to keep a cool head in these volatile situations, or Sit tight, take it cool, they won't bother you again. All these terms employ cool in the sense of "not heated by strong emotion," a usage dating from the late 1300s or even earlier. The first three expressions are colloquial and date from the second half of the 1800s; both of the last two are slang, and the very last (take it cool) is the oldest, first recorded in 1841. Also see keep one's cool; play it cool.
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keep your cool

COMMON If you keep your cool, you control your temper and stay calm in a difficult situation. Hilde's one of those born managers — keeps her cool in a crisis. I knew I had to keep my cool, but it was hard.
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keep cool

in. to keep calm. Now, keep cool. It’s going to be all right.
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PAINT IT WHITE: Perk up your property with a coat of Sandtex Mansonry Paint and stay cool when the temperatures soar this summer
Now I have been blessed with slightly below average intelligence, but slightly above average common sense -so I initially read that as ``neither strip off nor drink plenty of water to stay cool this summer'', which clearly didn't make any sense at all.
Contest participation is easy - adult beer drinkers, 21 and older, just submit an original video, photo or blog describing how they stay cool.
When life's too boring, boring, boring, Everything's dull and everyone's snoring, Don't turn to drugs and pot, STAY COOL - it's the only life you've got.
At all times in this hot weather and particularly during the hottest hours of the day, between 11am and 3pm, people should take steps to stay cool and drink plenty of water.
2 -- color) Jose Franco drinks water to stay cool while laying down new asphalt on Vanowen Street in Van Nuys.
Just do your best to stay cool, calm and very determined.
The judges were impressed by Josie Aaronson-Gelb's ability to stay cool in the hot seat by entertaining the judges, competing against 18 other contestants, grilling everything from peaches and shrimp to perfection with her own distinct flare, and presenting a picture-perfect dish.
All across the Valley, community pools are popular spots for the young and young at heart to stay cool during the hot summer months.
Haagen Dazs customers stay cool when faced with own-brand alternatives saving them up to 77p a carton.
The fans can help people stay cool and stay alive during extended heat waves like the one that gripped California in mid July.
England Under-21 striker Emile Heskey has pledged to stay cool despite expecting rough treatment in today's European Championship clash with Italy in Rieti.
Dangers caused by overexposure to high temperature and humidity are preventable if coaches and players know the early warning signs and stay cool and hydrated.
Then we're supposed to stay cool under the crank shaft while Buddy and Jimmie and Junior burn off more petroleum product in a couple of hours than we could ever hope to do in a calendar year.
STAY cool calm and collected this summer in these cute camisole tops.