Definition of cool in English:

cool

adjective

  • 1Of or at a fairly low temperature.

    ‘it'll be a cool afternoon’
    ‘the wind kept them cool’
    • ‘Debbie's having air con installed today at work so it should be a bit better over there, I'll just have to direct my fan on to the air con unit to keep it cool!’
    • ‘We have been getting good afternoon showers with fairly cool nights, a welcome change from the heat.’
    • ‘However, up in the mountainous region like this also brought cold wind and cool temperature.’
    • ‘It was late afternoon, and fairly cool, but the USAID official was sweating heavily.’
    • ‘By cool room temperature I mean an unheated castle in the English countryside in December.’
    • ‘I smiled and climbed the ladder into the hay loft, shivering in the refreshingly cool air.’
    • ‘The air was cool against their skin, contrasting with the heat inside the passageway.’
    • ‘When buying seeds look at where and how the seed is stored - cool, dry positions are best.’
    • ‘Convection is the dissipation of heat when relatively cool air passes over exposed skin.’
    • ‘The North Sea's cool surface temperature keeps eastern areas colder than those further west.’
    • ‘If grain is stored into the following summer, run fans only at night when the temperature is fairly cool.’
    • ‘Leave until cool enough to handle, then peel them and cut into wedges.’
    • ‘It was the last day of October, a chilly afternoon with cool winds blowing in from the ocean.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful fall day, the kind where the temperature is cool but not too chilly, so you can get away with wearing your jacket open.’
    • ‘By the 27th, a strong cold front would be bringing strong winds and very cool temperatures.’
    • ‘Her hands felt cool against his burning skin as she lifted his arm.’
    • ‘Unseasonably cool weather also contributed to track records in four competition categories.’
    • ‘Bring in pots of fuchsia and pelargoniums and keep them in a light, cool frost - free place.’
    • ‘The weather was cool enough to wear pants, but not yet cold enough for a jacket.’
    • ‘Keep the water cool because the body absorbs water at a cool temperature quicker than if very cold or hot.’
    chilly, cold
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    1. 1.1 Soothing or refreshing because of its low temperature.
      ‘a long, cool glass of orange juice’
      • ‘Glasses of blissfully cool water were brought forth and each gulped the refreshment down like a castaway.’
      • ‘It was cool enough to be refreshing but not so cold that you froze.’
      • ‘The ocean air was refreshing and a cool breeze had tempered the thick Hawaiian heat.’
      • ‘I knew it was an oasis of cold drinks, cool grasses and music in the park.’
      • ‘After the initial shock of the cold, she found the water rather cool and refreshing.’
      • ‘At such times, the tongue and the throat crave for nothing more than a long drink of fresh, cool water.’
      • ‘Jabu bathed his feet in the cool refreshing river as the cows drank their fill.’
      • ‘The beer had been refreshingly good, like a cool breeze in a glass, and I had another.’
      • ‘Brian filled the glass with nice, cool, fresh beer.’
      • ‘He splashed the water on his face and found it refreshingly cool, he dipped his head under and felt the chill run through his body.’
      • ‘She was drinking the cool, crisp water before the beginning of the journey.’
      • ‘A pleasantly cool breeze was drifting in though the half-open window behind Maui.’
      • ‘I closed my eyes again and imagined myself in a cool, refreshing blue pool.’
      • ‘We then went for a stroll through the village, and had a cool, refreshing drink in a bar, before going back to collect our bags for the night.’
      • ‘He then took off his glasses and started to bring the cool refreshing water up to his face.’
      • ‘He said putting the top of the can on his lips, enjoying the cool refreshing drink.’
      • ‘It's as if your body is charged with new energy when you bend down on hands and knees, cup your hands and drink the cool, fresh liquid.’
      • ‘And that would be more refreshing than a cool, crisp cola on a hot summer's day.’
      • ‘The cool and refreshing water caressed his lips, he drank but as he swallowed, his throat sent searing pain to his brain.’
      • ‘The cool refreshing water moistened his throat and gave him chills down his back.’
      chilly, cold
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    2. 1.2 (especially of clothing) keeping one from becoming too hot.
      ‘a cool cotton dress’
      • ‘Cool, cotton clothes are a must in the heat and humidity, but cover up to visit palaces and temples.’
      • ‘Caroline was wearing a cool summer dress.’
      • ‘Light, comfortable, and cool clothing is a must for carnival in Jamaica.’
      • ‘I remembered that my father wore velvet coats in the winter and cool shirts in the summer.’
      • ‘The enemy were strong, and could easily fight in the sun in their surprisingly cool robes.’
    3. 1.3 (of a colour) containing pale blue, green, or grey tones.
      ‘the bathroom was all glass and cool, muted blues’
      • ‘He builds up the paint around the drawing in a narrow range of relatively cool hues.’
      • ‘The roomy public areas sport a combination of cool tones, and colour and texture contrasts in reds and terracotta.’
      • ‘Although its colours were cool, they were not cold, nor were they intimidating and unwelcoming.’
      • ‘The holes reveal a layered and textured vista in cool greens and blues, evoking a landscape.’
      • ‘Now turquoise is heading out of the bathroom and into other living areas with a new range of cool hues predicted to be the next trend in home products.’
      • ‘He shared, too, their use of strong line, cool colour, and fanciful decoration.’
      • ‘Typical of country cottage gardens, cool colours such as pale blue, soft pink and mauve provide clouds of colour that are restful and tranquil.’
      • ‘Now everything fell into place and conveyed a beautiful idea in the harmonious blend of warm and cool colours chosen by the artists.’
      • ‘Ahead of us the greys, cool greens and off whites of the Corsican mountains spread out toward the horizon.’
      • ‘He bathed Anniesland Cross in colours to match the seasons - cool blue for winter, green for spring flowers.’
      • ‘Use green or pink toned grey with cool toned furnishings to avoid it from feeling like an icebox.’
      • ‘The basic contrast is between warm and cool colours.’
      • ‘Also notable is the cool palette of blue, gray, and green, evoking the fresh feeling of a typical day by the bay.’
      • ‘To lift a ceiling, select a pale tint of a cool hue such as green or blue.’
      • ‘Instead of going for red, orange or yellow, try a cool tone, such as green or blue.’
      • ‘The floor was carpeted in a cool blue, the walls painted a paler version of the same colour.’
      • ‘The cool greens, blues and violets should be used in rooms with southern or even western exposure.’
  • 2Showing no friendliness towards a person or enthusiasm for an idea or project.

    ‘he gave a cool reception to the suggestion for a research centre’
    • ‘Throughout his life Louis treated her with a cool reserve.’
    • ‘However, the idea has received a cool reception from employers, who believe it is unrealistic for all but a very few companies and employees.’
    • ‘Most environmental non-governmental organisations have been cool to the idea of funding rehabilitation projects.’
    • ‘His relationship with his wife has broken down and his two sons are distant and cool with him.’
    • ‘The government s plan to provide corporations with tax incentives to employ new workers over the next three years, starting from this year, has been generally greeted with a cool response.’
    unenthusiastic, lukewarm, tepid, indifferent, apathetic, half-hearted, negative
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    1. 2.1 Free from excitement, anxiety, or excessive emotion.
      ‘he prided himself on keeping a cool head’
      ‘she seems cool, calm, and collected’
      • ‘Despite these additional pressures, the bride-to-be is keeping a cool head.’
      • ‘The Swede is known for keeping a cool head but said this was his nature, although bosses owe it to their teams to be confident and positive.’
      • ‘Now ambulance staff have praised the Wigginton youngster for keeping a cool head and raising the alarm.’
      • ‘The World Cup will test Logan's nerve, show if she can stay cool under pressure.’
      • ‘It is legislation that has been driven by reaction and by emotion rather than cool thought.’
      • ‘I wanted to be cool, calm and collected; at least in front of my audience.’
      • ‘Britain's first mainstream female football presenter is cool, poised and confident.’
      • ‘His voice was so calm, so cool and collected, I almost felt close to swooning.’
      • ‘King can make plays with his feet, which Gruden loves, and he's very cool under pressure.’
      • ‘I try to be cool, calm and collective even in some severely testing situations.’
      • ‘His voice cracks with emotion as he tries to retain his cool composure.’
      • ‘Although he sensed a stew of emotions bubbling beneath her cool exterior, she never gave a sign of them in her eyes.’
      • ‘He was calm, cool and collected, working fast without emotion, just like the others.’
      • ‘It's not often, especially in recent times, that his team have looked so cool and unruffled.’
      • ‘He's so cool, calm and collected that he keeps me in check.’
      • ‘He is cool and controlled.’
      • ‘As an actor, Richardson conveys just the right kind of austere intelligence where cool logic triumphs over emotion every time.’
      • ‘The one Sunderland player who remained cool under this pressure was Thomas Sorenson.’
      • ‘His goal was reward for keeping a cool head and desperately trying to be in the right place at the right time.’
      • ‘As difficult as it is to go against your instincts and emotions, you must control them and keep a cool head.’
      calm, cool, calm, and collected, composed, as cool as a cucumber, collected, cool-headed, level-headed, self-possessed, controlled, self-controlled, poised
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    2. 2.2 (of jazz) restrained and relaxed.
      • ‘The gazebo of the amphitheatre was the perfect setting for their ethereal fusion of cool jazz and old-time calypso.’
      • ‘His book does not deal with the offshoots of bebop, such as cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, free jazz and fusion.’
      • ‘Throw in waltzes, cool jazz, quasi-hymns, slinky beats and some country, and this might be the man's most musically diverse album.’
      • ‘Even today, more than 40 years since it was first cut, it's still one of the most iconic tracks to come out of jazz's cool school.’
      • ‘When the band plays, the jazz is cool, the atmosphere is laid-back and the bar service is quiet but efficient.’
  • 3informal Fashionably attractive or impressive.

    ‘youngsters are turning to smoking because they think it makes them appear cool’
    • ‘I want to devote my thirties to having babies, minding them and being free from the constant pursuit of cool clothes.’
    • ‘There's just something so cool about a band doing a free in-store performance.’
    • ‘Across the road is the Turbine Hall, also a cool music venue.’
    • ‘I've never been near here before, but the lights of Sydney look so cool at night.’
    • ‘It was a hot basement but a cool crowd, free wine, very nice shop, and really good discussion afterwards.’
    • ‘Her style is different from anyone else I know, which made her totally cool in my book.’
    • ‘Still there was an end aim, a cool bar and cool free food and cool company.’
    • ‘You could get a lot of cool free stuff from the manufacturers.’
    • ‘On Waltz Across America, the band comes together for a very cool live collection of some of their biggest and best songs.’
    • ‘One of the coolest bands of the 1970s has survived to still make cool music.’
    • ‘The music is cool, with decent people depending on the night and great bartenders.’
    • ‘Certainly, as a corrective to some of the more po-faced excesses of cool London club culture, rave was a blast of fresh air, an important rupture.’
    • ‘You will win a really cool prize. A prize so cool, I can't even tell you what it is at risk of upsetting contestants who don't win.’
    • ‘It's still cool that we get free memberships and extra bandwidth and whatnot.’
    • ‘I eventually went insane but I sure collected a lot of free cool stuff.’
    • ‘It's an unpretentious medley of old and new - the perfect antidote to the self-consciously cool bars of Dublin.’
    • ‘Be happy that you found someone cool to hang out with.’
    • ‘It is a very cool collection of photographs from around New York.’
    • ‘Who is going to replace her as the model of cool, trendy fashion on TV?’
    • ‘They had great food, there was always a good environment, and they played cool music in the background.’
    fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, voguish, up to date, bang up to date, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting, stylish, chic
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    1. 3.1 Excellent.
      as exclamation ‘our office was a sunny room with a computer you didn't even have to plug in. Cool!’
      • ‘Tomorrow I also get to see my nephew again for the first time in a month and a half - cool!’
      • ‘They are however looking for other indie kids who are unique in exactly the same way as them - cool, huh?’
      • ‘I didn't know all planets and planetoids were officially supposed to be named after gods of mythology - cool!’
      very good, superb, outstanding, magnificent, of high quality, of the highest quality, of the highest standard, exceptional, marvellous, wonderful, sublime, perfect, eminent, pre-eminent, matchless, peerless, supreme, first-rate, first-class, superior, superlative, splendid, admirable, worthy, sterling, fine
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    2. 3.2 Used to express acceptance of or agreement with something.
      ‘if people want to freak out at our clubs, that's cool’
      ‘I told Bill that I was going to write the final draft of the script and he was cool with that’
      • ‘I work hard at things to improve, but I also realize it takes time and I'm cool with that.’
      • ‘If that's not your thing, that's cool by me, but know that it's encouraged and applauded in this community.’
      • ‘No, it's cool; I don't mind talking about that.’
      • ‘There were a few people who said they were cool with it, but they are totally outweighed by those who decry it as a crime against nature.’
      • ‘And that's cool if it's going to get you out and involved now, but stay involved after that.’
  • 4a cool —informal Used to emphasize the size of an amount of money.

    ‘research for a new drug can cost a cool £50 million’
    • ‘A two-piece suit from this guy comes in at a cool two grand, so is unlikely to be realistic unless I win the lottery.’
    • ‘It’s got a top speed of 185 and would cost you a cool £110,000 to drive off the forecourt.’
    • ‘Belfast’s bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2008 could cost a cool £150 million’

noun

mass noun
  • 1the coolA fairly low temperature.

    ‘the cool of the night air’
    • ‘There, we fished the ocean from the beaches, waiting until the sunbathers had cooked themselves enough first and the evening cool arrived.’
    • ‘Emma was shocked at the electricity that had passed between them, an instant heat despite the cool of the June night.’
    • ‘It was night now, I could feel the cool of night in the air, and smell it in the breeze.’
    • ‘She sat well back from the fire; the night cool had not set in yet.’
    • ‘In the summer he is sheltered from heat and flies during the day while turning out at evening to enjoy the cool.’
    • ‘Again, Saoirse shivered pleasantly, enjoying the cool of his hands against her warm, humming skin.’
    • ‘All was forgotten in the evening cool of the Greek capital for a few hours at least.’
    • ‘Pushing back the sheets, Loraine lay on her back, staring about at the shadowed room in the pale cool of night.’
    chill, chilliness, coldness
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    1. 1.1 A time or place at which the temperature is pleasantly low.
      ‘the cool of the day’
      • ‘The lizards are active for several hours during the relative cool of morning and again in the early evening.’
      • ‘It's best then to fish in the cool of the dawn or even at night when they are actively on the rampage.’
      • ‘What better way to end a hot summer's day than to sit back to enjoy the cool of the evening with the latest gripping novel.’
      • ‘In the cool of the evening, the inn was abuzz with activity.’
      • ‘Greece is hot in the summer, so make like the locals: take long siestas, then stay up late, letting the kids play in the cool of the night while you linger in a taverna.’
      • ‘In the cool of the evening I made my way back to the Ramblas, and took up station among the buzzing crowds for the Giants' Parade.’
      • ‘Summers at Valley Forge are miserably hot and sticky - not at all like the breezy cool of the Kenyan highlands.’
      • ‘That girl had walked with Carlos once down this avenue, once in the cool of the evening, to see a foreign film.’
      • ‘Now that the sun has set and the cool of the evening has come, some of the warmth we absorbed is flowing back towards her.’
      • ‘Autumn hits hard here and the windows are blurred in the cool of the night but over the mountains there is blue sky and promise of a warm day to burn away the mist.’
      • ‘He did not read it, nor even glance at it, but put it straight into the fire the slaves had so painstakingly built up against the cool of the evening.’
      • ‘Sometimes a few small boys are scrabbling about on a road or an old lady is sitting out in the cool of an evening.’
      • ‘With a bit of effort you rise from you seat and wander out into the cool of the night.’
      • ‘He is really on his way to pick berries, isn't he, in the cool of the morning.’
      • ‘As they sit at the openings of their tents in the cool of the summer evening, on the completion of a long journey, they break out into song.’
      • ‘Shivering in the cool of the night, she wrapped her arms around her, running her hands along the goosebumps on her arms.’
      • ‘In the cool of the evening as the day winds down, they gather again for a cold beer or a Pernod.’
      • ‘She went outside to mooch around the garden in the cool of the night.’
      • ‘I wandered round the town yesterday evening, and it seemed as if everybody was out and about enjoying the relative cool of the evening.’
      • ‘There were plenty of choices and in the cool of the evening it was inviting to just sit there and enjoy.’
  • 2Calmness; composure.

    ‘he recovered his cool and then started laughing at us’
    • ‘For all her cool and calmness, she liked insulting my older brother.’
    • ‘Jason was shocked, he had never seen Vanessa lose her cool and show an emotion.’
    • ‘Hopefully, he'll recover his stony-faced cool in time to thwart the intergalactic threat.’
    • ‘Losing her temper and cool with the various journalists tasked to interview her seemed only to increase the public's antipathy towards her as a mother.’
    • ‘His point guard play is a picture of composure and cool.’
    • ‘What it's all about really is keeping your cool under pressure in the sunny days ahead.’
  • 3The quality of being fashionably attractive or impressive.

    ‘all the cool of high fashion’
    • ‘Casual fashion from the 70s and 80s is the latest street cool, apparently.’
    • ‘Now Giorgio Armani, one of the world's most influential fashion designers, is bringing his unique brand of Italian cool to Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Topshop was one of the pioneers of turning catwalk cool into high street hip, and it has been hailed as Fashion Retailer Of The Year, not once but twice.’

verb

  • 1Become or make less hot.

    no object ‘we dived into the river to cool off’
    with object ‘cool the pastry for five minutes’
    • ‘You couldn't imagine a hotter location during the day, but at night it cooled off.’
    • ‘Remove from the oven and set aside to cool in the tin.’
    • ‘Turn out on a rack to cool completely, then chill for at least two hours before serving.’
    • ‘The downpour cooled off the searing heat but failed to ease the city's looming water shortage.’
    • ‘Some were using the fountains to cool off because it was so hot!’
    • ‘The weekend's fine weather was good news for Yorkshire's tourist industry and, of course, the baking heat sent many in search of ways to cool off.’
    • ‘The weather was beginning to cool, and the wind was blowing gently throughout the bushes and trees.’
    • ‘If the weather is a bit warm, do the baking earlier and let the vegetables and cheese cool to room temperature before serving.’
    • ‘While humans try to cool off under the fan and the more fortunate in air-conditioned rooms, the wild and domestic animals are not so lucky.’
    • ‘We let these cool on the cooling rack and we made the icing.’
    • ‘It started to cool off today, at last, much to Dolly's relief.’
    • ‘Remove from heat once this temperature is reached, cool and store for use as needed.’
    • ‘The temperatures rarely reach into the 90s during the day and cool off dramatically at night.’
    • ‘After they had cooled off in the sea, everyone walked over to the rocky side of the shore.’
    • ‘Drain, reserving one cup cooking liquid, and cool to room temperature.’
    • ‘The molten lava in contact with the air cools quickly to form a skin over the flow.’
    • ‘Remove the cake from its tin and leave to cool on a cooling rack.’
    • ‘At the end of the treatment, the samples were rapidly cooled to room temperature.’
    • ‘I'll return to the tidying and cataloguing when the weather cools down a bit.’
    • ‘It was scorching hot and, at some point in the afternoon when we'd all drunk a lot, some of the lads decided that it was time to cool off in the pool.’
    chill, refrigerate, make cold, make colder
    get cold, get colder, cool down, lose heat
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    1. 1.1 Become or make calm or less excited.
      no object ‘after I'd cooled off, I realized I was being irrational’
      with object ‘George was trying to cool him down’
      • ‘He would allow her to come back to him after she cooled off, and he would say nothing of it.’
      • ‘Vicky breathed in the calm night air, but no amount of tranquility could cool her off.’
      • ‘But at least with letters you have time to cool off or sober up before you send an insulting missive winging through the ether.’
      • ‘Just don't let it warm your heart so much that you let your anger cool.’
      • ‘There is need to cool off our tempers and stop fanning the embers of dissent and revolt for united we shall stand and divided we shall surely fall.’
      • ‘By time he had gotten his food and sat down at a table in the corner, he had cooled off a bit.’
      • ‘We well understood that it was to cool us down, to take the wind out of our sails.’
      • ‘Try not to bold it against her if she needs more time than you to cool off.’
      • ‘I am just going to take a month off to give him time to cool off a little and think twice about his insane plan.’
      • ‘Maybe by the time school let out and she came home from work she would have cooled off a bit.’
      • ‘Jean had hopefully cooled off from this morning, and Roger didn't want to anger her again by being late.’
      • ‘They eventually calmed me down a bit, told me to leave the area and cool off.’
      • ‘The police were called to restore calm as Lee cooled down in the changing rooms.’
      • ‘Mr Smith said that the drivers could have walked out on Christmas Eve but had decided to choose New Year's Day to give all parties a chance to cool off.’
      • ‘"He is quick to anger, but he cools down very fast, " said an association office bearer.’
      • ‘Eventually some of the remarks got a bit unpleasant and the ability to comment was temporarily suspended to allow everyone time to cool off.’
      • ‘By the time lunch came around Aliena had cooled down and was hoping she stayed that way.’
      • ‘The agreement appeared to cool off tempers among local pensioners, as no rallies were reported in the Moscow region on Thursday.’
      • ‘Antony drove them back to the shed, he had cooled off a bit, and was in the process of changing the subject.’
      • ‘We literally had to pin him down until he cooled off.’
      calm down, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, compose oneself, control oneself, pull oneself together, simmer down
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    2. 1.2cool outWest Indian no object Relax.
      ‘a dreamy spot full of sunshine and sea where you could cool out and detox’
      • ‘Quite what the teenagers are thinking about when cooling out to this sort of thing is, of course, open to question.’
      • ‘We were cooling out, sipping fermented sugar cane and chillin’ when, out of the blue a friend of his from England passed through the place.’
      • ‘Pull out a chair for her, turn on the air for her and just cool out, cool out and listen to her’
      • ‘Well, right now, I'm just here cooling out on the net.’
      • ‘I like to visit there with the family and friends, cool out at the little beaches and rivers.’
      • ‘Last night I really didn't do anything but cool out and blog.’
      • ‘I remember hanging out by the river just to cool out and check out what's going on.’
      • ‘I go to the Hilton to cool out by the pool bar.’
      • ‘Imagine it's Friday evening after a long day's work, you and several friends decide to cool out at a favorite watering hole.’
      • ‘That's why I didn't send her to school, I wanted her to cool out for a while.’
      • ‘I'd just go and cool out in a corner, I won't jump, because sometimes you could be jumping, enjoying yourself and accidentally touch somebody, then a fight will break out.’
      • ‘He was merely cooling out waiting to play a match later that afternoon.’
      • ‘When I get home this evening, I will get back to more mundane things, like just cooling out, or maybe I should go for a walk if I get home early enough as I haven't done that in a while.’
      • ‘I woke up late today and pretty much spent the day cooling out.’
      • ‘You can get as maudlin, dramatic and sentimental as you wish, without anyone telling you to snap out of it, cheer up, or cool out.’
      • ‘I guess most people are just glad to not have to go into work and make the best of a holiday cooling out.’
      • ‘It's bad karma man, and you just need to cool out unless you want to be reincarnated as a sloth or filthy anteater.’
      • ‘My usual mode of dress for cooling out around the house is shirtless because of the warm ambient temperatures that this country usually boasts.’
      • ‘If she would just cool out and have a brew there would be perfect harmony and joy and one other person who could make a run to the liquor store.’
      • ‘They just told him go in the back of the truck and cool out.’

Phrases

  • keep (or lose) one's cool

    • informal Maintain (or fail to maintain) a calm and controlled attitude.

      ‘he finally lost his cool with a photographer and threatened to hit him’
      • ‘Despite the fact that he was vastly outnumbered John never lost his cool, stayed calm and came away with a deserved victory.’
      • ‘The next time something is pushing you to the boiling point, stop and think before you lose your cool and blow up.’
      • ‘I finally lost my cool and told a youngster who'd been particularly loud and obnoxious to sit down and be quiet or I'd have him removed by theater staff.’
      • ‘He has kept remarkably calm, refusing to lose his cool in the face of constant provocation.’
      • ‘Jake was cowering under the bridge, shivering, and panting, but trying to keep his cool and not blow his cover.’
      • ‘William somehow managed to keep his cool and retain control of their car.’
      • ‘We'll teach you how to keep your cool and stay calm in tight situations.’
      • ‘She had to stay calm and keep her cool before the match.’
      • ‘There are two kinds: people who freak out, and people who keep their cool.’
      • ‘He's trying to get control by making me lose my cool.’
      become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
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  • too cool for school

    • informal Very cool or fashionable.

      ‘he has no brains, no looks, no personality, but he still thinks he's too cool for school’
      • ‘The guy's too cool for school; he is very artsy, thinks outside the box, different.’
      • ‘We weren't trying to be too cool for school.’
      • ‘So that guy was a little bit too cool for school, but there you go.’
      • ‘You're just too cool for school, aren't you?’
      • ‘She is such a smart ass, a know-it-all, very too cool for school.’
      • ‘The club was filled with 30-something skinny Brits who thought they were too cool for school.’
      • ‘The assistants look like they're too cool for school.’
      • ‘Maybe just "too cool for school" is what I mean.’
      • ‘When we see Kate Moss looking too cool for school carrying the latest Mulberry bag, we immediately want one.’
      • ‘Score yourself some of these items and you just may be too cool for school!’
  • cool it!

    • informal Behave in a less excitable manner.

      ‘cool it and tell me why you're so ecstatic’
      • ‘If you're not careful you'll be too tired to even lift the crown, cool it!’
      • ‘I got a certificate saying I've been admitted to the bar, and I've even got a wig, so cool it!’
      • ‘I ask him to cool it, but he doesn't calm down that easily, so I think it's about something else.’

Origin

Old English cōl (noun), cōlian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch koel, also to cold.

Pronunciation

cool

/kuːl/