keep one's powder dry

Definition of keep one's powder dry

old-fashioned

  1. :  to be calm and ready for a possible problem in the future They don't know how the election will turn out, so for now they're just keeping their powder dry.

Word by Word Definitions

keepplay
  1. :  to retain in one's possession or power

    :  to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

    :  to have in control

  1. :  the means or provisions by which one is kept

    :  one that keeps or protects: such as

    :  fortress, castle

powderplay
  1. :  to sprinkle or cover with or as if with powder

    :  to reduce or convert to powder

    :  to hit very hard

  1. :  matter in a finely divided state :  particulate matter

    :  a preparation in the form of fine particles especially for medicinal or cosmetic use

    :  fine dry light snow

  1. :  free or relatively free from a liquid and especially water

    :  not being in or under water

    :  lacking precipitation or humidity

  1. :  to make dry (see 1dry)

    :  to become dry

  1. :  the condition of being dry (see 1dry) :  dryness

    :  something dry

    :  a dry place


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