keep your pants on

keep your pants on


  • to tell someone to be calm.
  • to be patient.
  • to not be or do things in a hurry.
  • in a situation when someone is eager, and overly excited, or very hungry, telling the person, the phrase means to tell them to be calm.
  • to remain composed.

Examples in Sentences

  1. I told him to keep his pants on after being punked.
  2. “We are arriving in a few; just keep your pants on, brother,” she said to him during the field trip.
  3. I will be ready in a minute; please, keep your pants on.
  4. I am working on the project; keep your pants on. I have to deliver it by the end of the day.
  5. We had to keep our pants on while waiting for the results after last year’s competition.
  6. Your turn will come again; just keep your pants on.
  7. While everyone was freaking out after we got lost during the outdoor expedition, some of us had to keep our pants on.


The exact origin of the phrase and idiom “keep your pants on” is not known. However, there is a belief that the idiom is closely related to the phrase “keep your shirt on” and other expressions. The idiom has been in use since the early 1900s or even earlier. Additionally, the exact person who coined the phrase is also not known.

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