Keep Your Pants On

Also: Keep your shirt on Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep Your (or one’s) Pants On’ When someone is told to keep their pants on, it means they should be patient and wait calmly. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. Usage ‘Keep your pants on’ is usually said to a person who is being … Read more

Keep an Open Mind

Also: Have an open mind with an open mind The primary idiom is open mind or open-minded but it is often used in these three common expressions. Further usage examples are given below. Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep an Open Mind’ To keep an open mind means to be willing to consider new or different ideas, opinions, suggestions, etc. 1 Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The … Read more

Keep A Straight Face

To keep a straight face is a figure of speech that has existed in English since the late 1800’s Meaning of Keep a Straight Face To keep a straight face means to stop yourself from laughing and look serious even though you are highly amused, or to keep from smiling. More generally, it means to hide … Read more

Keep a Stiff Upper Lip

Meaning of Idiom ‘Keep a Stiff Upper Lip’ To keep a stiff upper lip means to appear calm and to not show your emotions, especially during upsetting or painful situations; to be steadfast and courageous. British people are stereotypically believed to be very good at keeping a stiff upper lip. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: … Read more

For Keeps

Meaning of Idiom ‘For Keeps’ 1. Forever; permanently; for an indefinite period of time. 1Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.,2Ayto, John. Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms. Oxford: Oxford U, 2010.,3Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995. 2. The winner keeps the prize or object of a game or the … Read more