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.

Learn More about keep one's powder dry

Statistics for keep one's powder dry

Cite this Entry

“Keep one's powder dry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/keep%20one%27s%20powder%20dry. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Comments on keep one's powder dry

What made you want to look up keep one's powder dry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!