Definition of keep one's powder dryold-fashioned
- They don't know how the election will turn out, so for now they're just keeping their powder dry.
: to retain in one's possession or power
: to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing
: to have in control
: the means or provisions by which one is kept
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: fortress, castle
: to sprinkle or cover with or as if with powder
: to reduce or convert to powder
: to hit very hard
: 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
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