keep one's powder dry

keep one's powder dry
keep one's powder dry remain cautious and alert.
Main Entry: powder

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  • keep one's powder dry — see under ↑powder • • • Main Entry: ↑keep keep one s powder dry 1. To preserve one s energies so as to be able to act when the moment comes, play a waiting game 2. To observe all practical precautions • • • Main Entry: ↑powder * * * remain caut …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep one's powder dry — remain cautious and alert. → powder …   English new terms dictionary

  • put your trust in God, and keep your powder dry — Advice attributed to Oliver Cromwell (see quot. 1834), combining spiritual exhortation with the practical measure of making sure that one’s gunpowder is kept serviceable. The second half of the saying is often used allusively in the phrase to… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • powder — ► NOUN 1) fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance. 2) a cosmetic in this form applied to a person s face. 3) dated a medicine in this form. 4) loose, dry, newly fallen snow. 5) gunpowder. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • powder — [pou′dər] n. [ME poudre < OFr < L pulvis (gen. pulveris), dust: see POLLEN] 1. any dry substance in the form of very fine, dustlike particles, produced by crushing, grinding, etc. 2. a specific kind of powder [bath powder, face powder] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • powder — n. 1) to put on powder 2) baby; baking; bleaching; curry; dusting; face; garlic; scouring; talcum; tooth powder 3) gunpowder; smokeless powder 4) (misc.) (slang) to take a powder ( to run off unexpectedly ); (colloq.) to keep one s powder dry (… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • powder — n. & v. n. 1 a substance in the form of fine dry particles. 2 a medicine or cosmetic in this form. 3 = GUNPOWDER. v.tr. 1 a apply powder to (powder one s nose). b sprinkle or decorate with or as with powder. 2 (esp. as powdered adj.) reduce to a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • powder — noun 1》 fine, dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing, or disintegration of a solid substance. 2》 a cosmetic in this form applied to a person s face. 3》 dated a medicine in this form. 4》 loose, dry newly fallen snow. 5》 gunpowder. verb… …   English new terms dictionary

  • powder — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. particles, film, pulverulence, powderiness, explosive powder, medicinal powder, cosmetic powder; see also cosmetic , explosive , medicine 2 . • keep one s powder dry*, Syn. be ready, be prepared, alert oneself; see prepare… …   English dictionary for students

  • Dry cleaning — (or dry cleaning) is any cleaning process for clothing and textiles using a chemical solvent other than water. The solvent used is typically tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), abbreviated perc in the industry and dry cleaning fluid by the… …   Wikipedia

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