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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In teaching the underneath drops in Cover 3, we want our players to not only see the #2 receiver and read his release, but to keep their head on a swivel and read the drop of the quarterback.
Every golfer has it drummed into them they must keep their head down and their eye on the ball, when in actual fact this can cause all sorts of problems, in particular a reverse pivot.
Every person who has ever held a golf club will have been told to keep their head still or down.
The district court held that the policy, which required male prisoners to be clean-shaven and to keep their head hair short, did not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) nor the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, even though it substantially burdened the prisoners sincerely held beliefs.
Buyers are faced with increased responsibility on the job and are working 70-80 hour weeks just to keep their head above water.
That allows publishers to keep their head count and overhead low, while having access to a highly experienced staff of editors and writers.
How can Pardew tell his players to keep their heads when he's losing his on the touchline on a regular basis?
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RAFA BENITEZ will tell his players they must maintain their discipline and keep their heads if they want to beat Fulham on Saturday.
I looked at the girls and was hoping they would keep their heads up and keep fighting and they did,'' said Rollo, who led Canyon to a league title in the 2003-04 season.
If they can't leave, they're going to keep their heads down.
It was beautiful; while all the under-paid big wigs in "the biz" tried desperately to keep their heads screwed on properly so they wouldn't get in trouble with all the over-paid bigger wigs, who were slurping down free booze and sealing faux deals with their faux friends, all the punkers were at ThrasheFs party where the beer was eight bucks but nobody was old enough to drink anyway.
To spy on brain activity, they used a technique called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which requires volunteers to keep their heads still while being scanned by the imaging machine.
ITEM: "Federal farm subsidies," contended the Houston Chronicle for January 2nd, "are supposed to help family farmers keep their heads above water so they can stay on their land.
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