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    cool as a cucumber with somebody

    She's been as cool as a cucumber with me.

    If you are (as) cool as a cucumber, you are very calm and able to think clearly often in a difficult situation. What does "cool as a cucumber with somebody" mean?

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    relaxed/unruffled/laid back/unemotional etc

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    Jeff: I'm so happy when I'm with you.
    Patricia: Oh, thanks, Jeff. I'm as cool as a cucumber with you.

    How does this sound? Do you see any errors?

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    In reference to the link in the original post:

    All the way through this, she's been as cool as a cucumber with me. Suddenly, she's gushing at me.

    I understand he means she's seemed not particularly interested, aloof with me. Now, in contrast, she seems very interested, romantically-speaking.

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    It's grammatically OK but it isn't natural. Even though the phrase is used in the second scene in the video clip, "with me" doesn't fit naturally.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    In BrE we have the phrase play it cool (with somebody)

    If you really like somebody romantically, you don't want to scare them away by acting too interested, so you should play it cool. I think he has this in mind. That is, I think he's combining play it cool with as cool as a cucumber.

    It's not a common figure of speech to say be as cool as a cucumber with somebody.

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I understand he means she's seemed not particularly interested, aloof with me. Now, in contrast, she seems very interested, romantically-speaking.
    That's how I would interpret it, but it sounds odd to me.

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    There are more of ProfPotts fantastic explanations and illustrations here: http://www.professorpotts.com/comic-...at-youve-said/

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    Re: cool as a cucumber with somebody

    It means that a person is very calm and patient with somebody.

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