As Cool as a Cucumber Idiom

As cool as a cucumber (idiom)

A cucumber is standing in front of a tower of ice in the picture. What does this mean?   

As cool as a cucumber:   calm and relaxed (especially in a difficult or stressful situation).


Notes:     

A cucumber grows on a plant. They are part of the same plant family as watermelon, squash and pumpkins.

The inside of a cucumber is a lot cooler (in temperature) than the air outside it. We often talk about people who are angry or upset as being hot—when you get angry your breathing increases, your body starts pumping more blood and the pressure rises and so on. When you're calm and relaxed your heart beats normally, you're not upset and you aren't worried. Since a cucumber is something that stays cool on the inside this is where the comparison (as cool as) came from.


Examples:

  • My boss is as cool as a cucumber  even when he speaks in front of hundreds of people.
  • Even though she'd just lost her job, she came to the party as cool as a cucumber.    
  • I would have died but my friend was as cool as a cucumber  when the mean girls started teasing her about her old dress.
  • I prepared for the test for weeks so I wasn't nervous beforehand—I actually felt as cool as a cucumber!
  • What an amazing gymnast!  She's as cool as a cucumber  when she performs the most difficult skills on the balance beam.
  • Trust me. You're not going to be as cool as a cucumber  when you give birth to the baby!
  • It was funny—the bride was as cool as a cucumber  at the wedding but the groom was a nervous, crying, sniffling mess.
  • This Thanksgiving I was as cool as a cucumber. We had the meal catered and the only thing I prepared was my specialty apple and pumpkin pies.
  • I used to get so nervous before meetings but after learning deep breathing techniques I'm as cool as a cucumber.
  • I don't understand how you can be as cool as a cucumber  during turbulence on the airplane. I'm so nervous and anxious!


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