[Phrases] Keep Your Shirt On!

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You might be confused if someone told you to “keep your shirt on” when you were actually wearing it. In fact, if someone said this to you, they just want you to stay calm or be patient. Because when people get so angry that they want to fight, they will sometimes remove their shirt before doing so. Therefore, if you want to tell a person not to fight, or just to calm down, you can imply that by using this expression.

Another way of saying this is “keep your hair on”. But “keep your shirt on” is used in American English, while “keep your hair on” is more often seen in British English.

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Now, let’s talk about some other expressions containing “shirt” and “pant“. You ready? Let’s go!


1. put one’s shirt on something

To bet or risk everything one has on something

I’d put my shirt on the president being re-elected.

Anyone with a gambling addiction knows the feeling of putting your shirt on a hand of cards, feeling sure it will pay off big time, only to lose everything.

And if you lose everything because of a bad bet, then you “lose your shirt“, for example, “I don’t want to go to Las Vegas. I’m worried I’d lose my shirt in the casinos.”

2. give the shirt off one’s back

An expression used to indicate that someone is very generous and helpful

Charlie is the nicest guy – he’d give you the shirt off his back if you were in trouble.

She’d give me the shirt off her back if I ever needed help.

3. catch someone with his/her pants down

to discover someone in the act of doing something that is normally private or hidden.

Some council members were using tax money as their own. But the press caught them with their pants down.

I caught my girlfriend with her pants down when she was dating another guy at the mall.

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4. wear the pants

If one person in a couple wears the pants, or in British English wears the trousers, he/she is the one who is in control and who makes decisions for both people.

Who wears the pants in your house?

She may give the impression that she wears the trousers but it’s Tim who makes the final decisions.

5. have ants in one’s pants

to be unable to sit still because you are very excited or worried about something

She was very excited to be going to the party that night and had ants in her pants all day.

Can’t you sit still for a minute? Do you have ants in your pants?


Please make some sentences with the phrases we just mentioned by yourself!

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