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 ?
If I could get off with twenty thousand, I'd keep my head up.
Asked if he would remain in the dugout or patrol the technical area, McLeish replied: "I'll probably keep my head down and let the fans concentrate on supporting the players.
Teale said: "I'll keep my head down and hope to prove I should be there again next time.
We have four months to turn this thing around and I have to keep my head up and try to take advantage of every opportunity I get until I get it right.
I've just got to keep my head down and continue working hard - and that's what I intend to do.
I want to stay on my feet and keep my head on my shoulders.
For the remainder of my chemotherapy I turned to marijuana to keep my head out of the toilet.
I'm just trying to keep my head up and stay positive,'' Fey said.
Wright-Phillips said: ``Af-ter I scored against the Ukraine, my dad just said to me to keep my head focused, to keep patient and to keep my performances high and hopefully my chance would come soon.
Hopefully, next year will turn out quite a bit better than this year has, and I'll keep working away at it and keep my head up,'' Hornish said.
I have to keep my head on straight and keep my confidence up,'' he said.
I just have to keep my head on straight and keep on working hard and keep concentrating.