lose one's cool

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lose +‎ one's +‎ cool

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  • IPA(key): /luːz//wʌns//kuːl/

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lose one's cool (third-person singular simple present loses one's cool, present participle losing one's cool, simple past and past participle lost one's cool)

  1. (idiomatic) To become upset or disconcerted; to lose one's temper.
    • 1966, "To the Ludicrous," Time, 18 Nov.:
      But in his final singles match against Mandarino, the Menace lost his cool. Visibly rattled by noisy spectators, who chanted "Brasil! Bra-sil!" from the third set onward, he collapsed completely in the fifth set.
    • 2006, Stefanie Cohen, "Naomi Campbell Accused of Attacking Maid in Fit Over Jeans," FOXNews.com, 28 Apr. (retrieved 3 June 2009):
      The fiery femme fatale is notorious for losing her cool, and was once accused of hitting her secretary with a telephone and threatening to throw her from a moving car.
    • When things don't go your way, no matter how trivial, how do you react? Do you lose your cool and explode? [1]

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