1. (also coolly) calmly, in an unruffled manner.
|[||Squire of Alsatia III i: I’ll talk with him cool in a morning first; perhaps I may redeem him].|
|Americans Abroad II iv: My madeira! – ha! ha! cool!|
|Clockmaker I 255: I bit in my breath, and spoke quite cool.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 20 Nov. 3/2: That’s a nice young gal [i.e. a prostitute], I reckon; I calculate I’ll splice her cool; get change for these coins.|
|Quite Alone I 119: I will keep my head cool, and won’t touch ivory to-night.|
|‘Stiffner and Jim’ in Roderick (1972) 127: He took it all pretty cool.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 15 Dec. 164: Fancy coolly staying upstairs smoking, instead of coming into prep!|
|Female of the Species (1961) 39: The car must have been cooly stolen from his garage.|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 19: I want to get my boy and live cool.|
|All Night Stand 41: I took all this very cool. ‘I don’t know what you’re on at.’.|
|Fivemiletown 8: So, real cool, I growled / ‘Lady, no way you’ll walk / right over me’ / Dead on. I chucked her then.‘Waftage: An Irregular Ode’ in|
|Guardian Guide 26 June–2 July 5: His accountant had coolly pilfered around £6 million.|
|Midnight Robber 60: Antonio stopped him cool-cool.|
2. askance, suspiciously.
|Sporting Mag. Nov. XVII 90/2: Nor did he ever look cool, / even upon his enemies.|
|Robbery Under Arms (1922) 53: I had begun to think the fellows looked a little cool on us the last three or four nights, as our losses were growing big.|
3. (US black) very.
|Late Emancipation of Jerry Stover (1982) 181: This Kirby look cool bad. Black like me, too. Could always be a brother o’ mine.|
(orig. US black) to act in an uninterested or disinterested manner, to control every emotion.
|Duke 3: That’s the way I dig it. I do it nice. Play it cool.|
|West Side Story I vi: Go man, go, [...] Just play it cool, boy.|
|Crust on its Uppers 98: You just can’t play it too cool.|
|Late Emancipation of Jerry Stover (1982) 20: Got to pluck it cool.|
|Howard Street 39: Now he was playing cool, posing for the crowd.|
|Spend, Spend, Spend Scene 60: I played it cool when I saw him. Hard to get. I played it cool for – oh – nearly twenty minutes ...|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 377: Why did I have to play it so cool with the woman?|
|Filth 21: Best to play it cool and let their anger ferment for a bit.|
|Indep. on Sun. Culture 30 Jan. 12: He is so hot it is like UNBELIEVABLE – but I play it cool.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] We’ll play it cool. Sneak up on the pricks real quiet and then smash ’em.|
(US) a phr. of farewell.
|Corner Boy 29: Play it cool man, play it cool.|
|Black Jargon in White America 76: play it cool interj an expression of parting; a farewell or goodby.|
to relax, to remain undisturbed by events.
|Paul Periwinkle 524: D--n me, that’s what I call taking it cool.|
|G’hals of N.Y. 17: Do you want me ter lay off and take it cool, while we’re all a-starvin’?|
|Harry Coverdale’s Courtship 371: Gently there – take it coolly!|
|Wild Boys of London I 45/2: You take it coolly for a first cove.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 8 Dec. 29/4: ‘The Devil she has!’ Johnson answered, languidly. ‘Them Chows has a great fancy for big woman.’ / ‘Hum!’ said Ebenezer, ‘you take it pretty cool. If it was my old woman, I’d break that heathen’s skull for him.’.|
|Voice of the City (1915) 101: ‘You take it cool,’ said Ide, ‘if you’ve told it to me straight.’.‘The Shocks of Doom’ in|
|God’s Man 361: You take it cool, I’m a son-of-a-gun if you don’t.|
|Go-Boy! 259: Hang tough, Roger . . . take it cool man.|