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cool hand


: these four cool-hand lunatics

noun phrase

A person not easily disconcerted •Sir Thomas Overbury (d. 1613) wrote that a cool hand is ''one who accounts bashfulness the wickedest thing in the world, and therefore studies impudence'' (1600s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I was a cool hand for my age, but I lacked the boldness to face this battery without wincing.

    The Story of a Bad Boy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • They stared comically at one another, and at this cool hand.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • He tried to move, but Lucia put her cool hand upon his forehead.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • If you allow me to judge, I should say the cool hand was Charlotte!

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • The smooth, cool hand touched hers for a second before Mrs. Putnam went upon her gracious way.

    Harriet and the Piper Kathleen Norris
  • But they say this Fitzpatrick is a cool hand, and gives no man the best of it.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • You're a cool hand, Linda; but I don't think you'd stay cool if I formulated my opinion of you.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • It was easy enough, however, if a man knew it, and was a cool hand.

    The Young Fur Traders R.M. Ballantyne

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