Definition of keep one's head in US English:

keep one's head


  • Remain calm.

    • ‘I knew there was more in our fellows, every player kept his head, and I was delighted at the positive way we regained the initiative.’
    • ‘But I found the best advice was to keep your head and to stay calm even when all this excitement is happening around you.’
    • ‘He has kept his head and stuck with the things he believes in.’
    • ‘‘He kept his head when all around him were losing their shirts,’ says a fellow director.’
    • ‘He kept his head and successfully put all three attempts through the posts to move his side into mid-table and nine points clear of Irish, who now occupy bottom place in the Premiership table.’
    • ‘However, he kept his head and roared back to take the next three.’
    • ‘When suspicions began to grow about him, he kept his head.’
    • ‘He followed the TV show's advice, kept his head, saw an air pocket behind him, pulled himself into the back of the car and, with water up to his chin, waited an agonising 25 minutes for help.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Damien kept his calm, allowing Richard to keep his head.’
    • ‘But despite the pressure, the young Norwegian kept his head and battled through the bad times to realize his dream and win his first world title.’
    keep calm, stay calm, keep cool, stay cool, remain unruffled, keep control of oneself, keep one's self-control, maintain one's equilibrium, maintain one's composure
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