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keep your wig on


Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) calm down

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

To tell someone to keep their wig on means to tell them to keep calm. In American English, you may also hear the phrase keep your shirt on.

French translation

restez cool, ne vous emballez pas

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Examples in context

‘The Instant Expert : Best keep your wig on

THE BASICS. As winter ends and spring arrives, you may notice that the odd colleague is behaving as mad as a March hare.

EXCUSE ME, WHAT WAS THAT ? You know, mad, like crazy. It’s an idiom.

WELL, WHAT DOES IT MEAN ? During their mating season, hares behave excitedly : they box each other and bound about, not concentrating on other, more sedate business. This phrase is a short cut, a verbal tic - it means more than it says. It’s been around for years.’

The National, 7 March 2012

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‘W London : opening week review

There are few other hotels in the world, if any, where your bed will welcome you with the message "KEEP YOUR WIG ON". So begins our stay at the fun, frivolous and at times mildly eccentric W London Leicester Square.’

Condé Nast Traveller, 22 Feb. 2011

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Everyday usage

Just keep your wig on. Everything is going to be alright, okay ?

The meeting may be pretty unpleasant, so promise me you’ll keep your wig on.

b) stop spending money

Sorry, wrong answer. Please try again.

c) be quiet

Sorry, wrong answer. Please try again.


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