Hold your coolPosted: June 12, 2020
This was heard on MSNBC in a discussion regarding the recent protests on racism. It is a congruent conflation of “hold (one’s) temper” and “keep your cool”, both meaning to refrain from being angered by some provocation. I also found this malaphor in a Wikihow presentation on overcoming racism. https://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Racism. This is similar to a malaphor uttered by Paul Ryan and posted a few years ago, “I want to hold my powder”. https://malaphors.com/2013/04/15/i-want-to-hold-my-powder/
A big thanks to Bruce Ryan for hearing this one and passing it on.