keep one's powder dry

idiom

Definition of keep one's powder dry

old-fashioned
: 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.

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“Keep one's powder dry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20one%27s%20powder%20dry. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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