keep (one's) shirt on

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keep (one's) shirt on

To remain calm and wait for something. Typically used as an imperative in the phrase "keep your shirt on." Keep your shirt on, dude, the pizza will be here soon enough. It would have gone smoothly if Larry had been able to keep his shirt on instead of trying to get in early.
See also: keep, on, shirt

keep one's shirt on

 and keep one's pants on
Fig. to be patient. Wait a minute! Keep your shirt on! Keep your pants on! I'll be with you in a minute.
See also: keep, on, shirt

Keep your shirt on!

 and Keep your pants on!
Inf. Just wait a minute! I'll be right with you. Keep your shirt on! Keep your pants on! You're next.
See also: keep, shirt

keep one's shirt on

Stay calm, be patient; not give way to temper or excitement. For example, Keep your shirt on, Bob, they'll be here in time for the wedding. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: keep, on, shirt

keep your shirt on

BRITISH, AMERICAN, INFORMAL or

keep your pants on

mainly AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If someone tells you to keep your shirt on or keep your pants on, they are telling you to calm down and not be angry or impatient. The doorbell rang. Helen told the caller to keep his shirt on — angry because she felt the ringing had been excessive. Note: This expression is often used to suggest that a person's anger or impatience is not reasonable. Compare with keep your hair on.
See also: keep, on, shirt

keep your shirt on

don't lose your temper; stay calm. informal
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Keep your shirt on!

and Keep your pants on!
exclam. Just wait a minute!; Don’t be in a rush. (Possibly said as if to avoid a fight, for which one removes one’s shirt. That is, Let’s not rush into a big argument or fight; wait a minute. The expressions are old and in very wide use, too wide to suggest a reference to sexual urgency.) I’ll be right with you. Keep your shirt on! We’ll be there in a minute! Keep your pants on!
See also: keep, shirt

keep (one's) shirt on

Slang
To remain calm or patient: The plane doesn't land for another hour, so keep your shirt on.
See also: keep, on, shirt