Hold your cool

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.


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