cool, calm, and collected

Calm and composed, self-possessed. For example, No matter what the board decides, you have to appear cool, calm, and collected in front of the stockholders. This alliterative synonym for cool as a cucumber dates from the late 1800s.


Nearby words

  1. cool jazz,
  2. cool off,
  3. cool one's heels,
  4. cool out,
  5. cool school,
  6. cool-headed,
  7. coolabah,
  8. coolamon,
  9. coolant,
  10. cooldown

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