sang froid

sang-froid

[French sahn-frwa]
noun
coolness of mind; calmness; composure: They committed the robbery with complete sang-froid.

Origin:
1740–50; < French: literally, cold blood


self-possession, poise, equanimity, self-control, nerve, courage, steadiness.
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sang-froid (French sɑ̃frwa)
 
n
composure; self-possession; calmness
 
[C18: from French, literally: cold blood]

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sang-froid
"presence of mind, composure," 1712, from Fr. sang froid, lit. "cool blood," from sang "blood" (from L. sanguis) + froid "cold," from L. frigidus).
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