keep (one's) head

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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 one's head

Fig. to remain calm and sensible when in an awkward situation that might cause a person to panic or go out of control. She was very angry. We had to calm her down and encourage her to keep her head. Always try to keep your head when others are panicking.
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keep one's head

1. Stay calm, retain self-control, as in When the rowboat capsized, George yelled that everyone should keep their head and hold onto the boat . This usage dates from the early 1600s and is about two centuries older than the antonym, lose one's head, meaning "to become confused and agitated," as in Whenever the stock market goes down sharply, people seem to lose their heads and sell.
2. keep one's head above water. See head above water.
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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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References in classic literature ?
At last she came to the cellar, and there sat a very, very old woman, who could not keep her head from shaking.
At last I went down to the cellar, and there sat a very, very old woman, who could not keep her head still.
There is defiance in the remaining stumps of her masts, raised up like maimed limbs against the menacing scowl of a stormy sky; there is high courage in the upward sweep of her lines towards the bow; and as soon as, on a hastily-rigged spar, a strip of canvas is shown to the wind to keep her head to sea, she faces the waves again with an unsubdued courage.
When he cried "Steer to starboard, but keep her head larboard
The hit show's previous victor, from Derry, advised the 32-year-old Dubliner to keep her head down to survive.
Callum ( who started swimming lessons only last week ( noticed Caitlan kept going under and managed to keep her head above water.
Thankfully, Meghan's two best friends, Stephanie and Kendra, still tight as triplets since their Spelman days, help her keep her head up as they all navigate the do-or-die waters of Atlanta's corporate pool.
Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said the woman's friends were unable to get her out of the pool on Beckford Avenue because of her weight, and tried to keep her head above water, but she was not breathing and had no pulse when rescue crews arrived.
I had to get in the pool with her to keep her head above the water.
Amongst these "extraordinary" women resides 10-year-old Amber, who is smart and determined to keep her head above water despite trials of mental and physical abuse inflicted by her mother.