tem|per1 [ `tempər ] noun **
1. ) count or uncount a tendency to get angry very quickly:
That temper of yours is going to get you into trouble.
She should never have married a man with such a violent temper.
have a short temper (=become angry very quickly): He's not a bad boss, but he has a short temper.
control your temper: Andrew has not yet learned to control his temper.
tempers flare (=people get angry): Tempers flared and things began to get out of control.
tempers fray (=people start to get angry): It was a difficult meeting and tempers got a bit frayed.
2. ) singular or uncount a particular emotional state or mood:
in a bad/foul/terrible etc. temper: When Mark turned up he was in a foul temper.
in a good temper: He seems to be in a good temper.
a ) an extremely angry state:
be in a temper: He doesn't mean what he says when he's in a temper.
get/fly into a temper: When she refused to help, he flew into a temper.
a fit of temper (=a sudden short period of uncontrolled anger): He stormed out of the room in a fit of temper.
a temper tantrum (=a sudden short period of uncontrolled anger): As a small child he had had violent temper tantrums.
keep your temper (with)
to stay calm and not get angry:
It's important to keep your temper with the children.
lose your temper (with)
to become very angry:
She hardly ever lost her temper.
temper, temper SPOKEN
used for telling someone to stop being angry in an unreasonable way
tem|per 2 [ `tempər ] verb transitive
1. ) to make steel hard by heating it and then making it cold
2. ) FORMAL to make something less strong or extreme, especially by adding something that has the opposite effect:
hot, sunny days tempered by a light breeze
The time had come to temper idealism with reality.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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