keep (one's) temper

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keep (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 you need to do a better job of keeping your temper when other drivers make mistakes. It's hard to keep my temper with the kids after being kept awake by them all night long.
See also: keep, temper
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keep one's temper

 and hold one's temper
to hold back an expression of anger. (The opposite of lose one's temper.) She should have learned to keep her temper when she was a child. Sally got thrown off the team because she couldn't hold her temper.
See also: keep, temper
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

keep/lose your ˈtemper (with somebody)

manage/fail to control your anger: You must learn to keep your temper.He loses his temper very quickly if you argue with him.
See also: keep, lose, temper
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Discussion was useless--he had learned that; and he was resolved to keep his temper. And before the day was out she capitulated.
Luckily, the Law of the Jungle had taught him to keep his temper, for in the jungle life and food depend on keeping your temper; but when they made fun of him because he would not play games or fly kites, or because he mispronounced some word, only the knowledge that it was unsportsmanlike to kill little naked cubs kept him from picking them up and breaking them in two.
I add, with pride, that he could hold his own and keep his temper.
Robert Livingstone, Palm Beach, said: "When will Morelos learn to keep his temper in check?
FIERY Spaniard Jon Rahm has vowed to keep his temper at bay after throwing a tantrum for the ages at the US Open.
But in the cafe later, he struggles to keep his temper as Rhona wonders what's got into Paddy.
Vaughan has therefore urged Stokes to keep his temper in check - as he did against the Kiwis - and let his cricket do the talking.
"He's going to work really hard to keep himself walking a straight line and to keep his temper in check and to be a good guy in spite of all that anger and ugliness that simmers inside him.
Okay, the lad will have to keep his temper in check and not let anyone or anything get under his skin.
But Miss Cooper said this was not good enough, dubbing the reported outburst an "utter disgrace", and questioned how Mitchell could do his job if he could not keep his temper in check.
Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong has revealed that some of the senior players have spoken to Balotelli and told him to keep his temper under control.
The nation is praying Rooney will keep his temper in check against the Americans.
LET'S get one thing straight - you are not responsible for your husband's temper and he needs to learn how to keep his temper under control.
Murray was disappointed with his attitude in his third-round victory over Ivo Karlovic, where he struggled to keep his temper under control, and he felt that part of his game improved last night.