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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

lose (one's) temper

To become angered, enraged, or upset due to some provocation; to have an outburst upon losing one's patience. I'm usually a pretty calm person, but whenever I start driving, I find I lose my temper at the slightest inconvenience. When we were kids, my dad lost his temper a lot, but he's mellowed out since then.
See also: lose, temper

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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Nothing that I know of, except for you to keep your temper, and for me to begin it all over again for the third time.
'But at all events, Miss Grey,' said she, 'I hope YOU will keep your temper, and be mild and patient throughout; especially with the dear little Charles; he is so extremely nervous and susceptible, and so utterly unaccustomed to anything but the tenderest treatment.
With insights into the real reasons for your anger and using anger management tools, you can learn to keep your temper from hijacking your life.
If you're hoping to do well at school, it's probably a good idea to keep your temper in check, no matter how much provocation you face.
Brian McCluskie, chairman of the bench, told Dixon: "This was a prolonged and awful attack on an animal, which was a result of your inability to keep your temper.
All credit to you for feeling you need to do more to keep your temper under control.
Size differences can be bothersome in many contexts, but these annoyances tend to be manageable so long as you keep your temper and don't call in the politicians.
Keep your temper under control and deal with controversy by providing facts and statistics to support your statements.
'It was difficult to keep your temper at times,' said Davies.
``I understand it's hard to keep your temper down if someone is kicking or stamping on you, but Paul should have used a bit more sense and just walked away.
Try to adopt a more positive attitude and keep your temper in control.