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 ?
He had his high-peaked hat in his hand, to keep his head cool.
His aspect was probably as un-Sabbatarian a one as a dogmatic parson's son often presented; his attire being his dairy clothes, long wading boots, a cabbage-leaf inside his hat to keep his head cool, with a thistle-spud to finish him off.
As she got closer, she noticed two men bailing water out of their boat and a third man, outside the boat, who was struggling to keep his head above water.
This problem often evolves when a player tries to keep his head completely static during the swing, restricting the body turn, giving no room for the weight to move.
Souness believes there is a slight risk of the 19-year- old getting carried away with his success -but insists that if the young Scot can keep his head then he and Jonathan Stead can form a lethal partnership.
Said Hendrie: 'I told him to keep going and keep his head up.
LARRY TOMPKINS has vowed to keep his head down this year in a bid to curb his fiery temper.
He said his father helps him identify and correct subtle flaws in his technique - sometimes leaving his leg out too much, or failing to keep his head down - that can make a big difference against some of the elite-level opponents he's expected to face as he makes a run for a possible state championship berth.
Nunn is wearing an extra-large chin strap and more padding in his helmet to keep his head stabilized.