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As cool as a cucumber, means to be calm and in control of your emotions.

• Jane is good in a crisis as she stays as cool as a cucumber.
• The politician stayed as cool as a cucumber during the tough interview.
It probably originates from the fact that cucumbers are quite cool to the touch. You might ask yourself, why a cucumber, aren’t carrots cool as well? Perhaps it is associated with the colour, as green is considered to be a cool colour (unlike orange).
In literature, apparently the earliest recorded use of the phrase is “I …., cool as a cucumber could see the rest of womankind.”, from Poems, New Song on Smiles by John Gay, which was published in 1732.

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