Definition of keep or lose one's temper in English:

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keep (or lose) one's temper

Retain (or fail to retain) composure when angry: it took all her patience to keep her temper
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  • She is frightened at first, and then becomes angry, soon losing her temper.
  • I always got angry easily and would lose my temper like that.
  • General Powell lost his temper and fired the gun into the air.
informal cool
become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
informal go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, fly off the handle, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linear
British informal go spare, go crackers, throw a wobbly, get one's knickers in a twist
North American informal flip one's wig
Australian/New Zealand informal go crook
vulgar slang go apeshit
See parent entry: temper
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