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"As cool as a cucumber" – Phrase of the week

The Bell Team
Written by the Bell Team

Find out about the phrase ‘As cool as a cucumber’, its interesting history and why people use it. 


“Cool as a cucumber” 


Q: How did Emily do at her job interview?

A: She did well, she was as cool as a cucumber.


As cool as a cucumber means being calm, relaxed and unruffled by an event, sight or challenge.


  • It is used quite widely in spoken and written English in a social context.

That’s interesting! 

Cucumbers are cool to the touch. This expression was first recorded in 1732 in a poem by John Gay: “I … cool as a cucumber could see the rest of womankind.”

Other food and drink idioms

  • As useful as a chocolate teapot (something that has no practical use)
  • That’s the way the cookie crumbles (that’s the way things are)
  • A sharp cookie (somebody who cannot be easily fooled)
  • A tough cookie (somebody who is self-confident and will do what is required to succeed)

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