hold (one's) temper

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hold (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 holding your temper when other drivers make mistakes, you're going to end up causing a crash some day. It's hard to hold my temper with the kids after being kept awake by them all night long.
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hold one's temper

Also, keep one's temper. Refrain from expressing violent anger, maintain composure or poise. For example, Billy has to learn to hold his temper when he's frustrated, or If the chairman can keep his temper, the matter will get settled. [c. 1700] For an antonym, see lose one's temper.
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Peter Thomas Sorry they are both fully trained to kill and trained to hold their tempers back therefore just because they have served in Iraq and Afghanistan does not mean they should have got away with it lightly they should have at least lost their careers in the forces as they are more likely to do this type of thing again and next time it could be fatal.
The simple fact is that people should not take on the burden of pet ownership unless they know they can handle it - the cost, the responsibility and the need to hold their tempers now and then.