Idiom – As cool as a cucumber
As cool as a cucumber – Idiom of the Day
The ability to remain calm. Cool – headed.
Cucumbers are actually fruits composed of 96% of water. They have the ability to remain cool on the inside irrespective of the temperature outside. Initially they weren’t respected. History states that they were used to insult women in the 17th century. But there is no solid evidence of when the culture changed and the idiom turned positive. It was popularised by John Gay in 1732 through “The beggar’s opera”.
Friend 1: Tom’s mother is admitted in the hospital? Isn’t it?
Friend 2: Yeah. They suspect Brain Tumour.
Friend 1: Tom is a very busy person and how’s he handling the situation.
Friend 2: Oh! No. Tom is as cool as a cucumber. I’m sure he will be able to manage both work and home.
Friend 1: Jane’s daughter did not qualify in the scholarship exam for the law university. Jane might be having a tough time in finding her one.
Friend 2: Jane is as cool as a cucumber. She is looking for alternatives. She is planning to make her daughter work for sometime before joining university, because work experience counts.
Go through the examples to understand the usage of the idiom:
1. Being as cool as a cucumber the prime minister handled the pandemic situation pretty well.
2. The players were under huge pressure to win the match, But the captain remained as cool as a cucumber
3. The doctor was performing a major surgery. But he never put pressure on his assistants. Instead, he remained as cool as a cucumber