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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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(I've) been keeping cool.

 and (I've been) keeping cool.
Inf. an answer to a question about what one has been doing during very hot weather. Jane: How do you like this hot weather? Bill: I've been keeping cool. Mary: Been keeping cool? Bob: Yeah. Been keeping cool.
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(Have you) been keeping cool?

 and (Have you been) keeping cool?; You been keeping cool?
Inf. an inquiry about how someone is surviving very hot weather. Tom: What do you think of this hot weather? Been keeping cool? Sue: No, I like this weather just as it is. Mary: Keeping cool? Bill: Yup. Run the air-conditioning all the time.
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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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Close all windows to keep cool air from escaping while the AC is switched on
I could go with Jude to the beach to keep cool because pets are allowed there, but again, I'm not too crazy about the water.
People in the North East spent almost pounds 300m to keep cool this summer.
Let's hope he can keep cool tomorrow when he faces Spain's hotshot frontline
The PowerMate eco requires no fan to keep cool as it produces less heat and uses less power than most other computers.
Heat stroke, when the heat overwhelms your ability to keep cool, follows.
But many of the blood vessels in Mike's dermis have been destroyed--and with them, his ability to keep cool and warm.
Dogs do not sweat, they pant, and the more they pant to keep cool the more energy they exert - creating a vicious circle.
TENNIS: Jelena Jankovic resorted to putting her feet on ice in an attempt to keep cool as temperatures soared during day one of the Australian Open.
BILLY STARK yesterday called on his players to keep cool over the festive season.
Already popular for ironing out wrinkles, the treatment has taken off as the way to keep cool.