keep one's head


keep one's head
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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also[keep one's wits about one] {v. phr.} To stay calm when there is trouble or danger. * /When Tim heard the fire alarm he kept his head and looked for the nearest exit./ Compare: COUNT TO TEN. Contrast: LOSE ONE'S HEAD.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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  • keep one's head — also[keep one s wits about one] {v. phr.} To stay calm when there is trouble or danger. * /When Tim heard the fire alarm he kept his head and looked for the nearest exit./ Compare: COUNT TO TEN. Contrast: LOSE ONE S HEAD …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • keep\ one's\ head — • keep one s head • keep one s wits about one v. phr. To stay calm when there is trouble or danger. When Tim heard the fire alarm he kept his head and looked for the nearest exit. Compare: count to ten Contrast: lose one s head …   Словарь американских идиом

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