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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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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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.
From the tenants' perspective, McKee noted with resignation, "It's always the same small landlords, never the big firms, who keep reappearing every year, and yet somehow they manage to keep their heads above water and be at the meeting the next year.
In this environment of increased regulatory scrutiny, many broker-dealers are struggling just to keep their heads above water as they try to keep up with compliance requirements," said NPH President Shawn Dreffein.
KEVIN BLACKWELL has ordered his Leeds flops to keep their heads and focus on the play-offs after blowing their chances of automatic promotion in March.
Gable was proud his team didn't quit, and yelled at them to keep their heads up and not cry after the game.
Working people all over the country are struggling to keep their heads above water.
The rest of them are convinced that 600 years of advances will help them keep their heads.
Mick McCarthy last night told his players to keep their heads and they'll beat Belgium to the World Cup finals.