to keep your shirt on meaning?

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What's the meaning of "to keep your shirt on" idiom? Please give me some examples!

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Idiom Scenario 1:


Ned is ready to go.  It is the long weekend.  Ned and Grace had decided that they wanted to leave early for their camping trip so that they would beat all the traffic on the highway.  Ned is pacing back and forth impatiently. Ned is very eager to begin their journey.  He finally calls to his wife to ask if she is ready.  Grace responds...
"Keep your shirt on, Ned.  I will be ready in a minute!"
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Idiom Definition:


"to keep your shirt on"
to relax or calm down
to wait more patiently
 
Synonyms:
calm, cool, ease, idle, loosen, lounge, lull, quiet, relax, rest, sedate, settle, soften, unagitated, unbend, unexcited, unwind
 



Literally, "Keep your shirt on!" - - - - ->  short animation showing a rather fat young boy whose shirt slowly comes off.  This is followed by a red circle with a line through it appearing on his big belly.  Then he puts his shirt on again and it repeats.




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Idiom Scenario 2:


Miriam takes the bus to work every day.  One day the bus gets stuck in traffic.  Miriam is nervously looking at her watch.  She has a very important meeting that she can not be late for.  After waiting and waiting, with traffic barely moving, Miriam approaches the bus driver to ask why it is taking so long.  The bus driver replies...
"Keep your shirt on, lady!  There is nothing I can do about the traffic!"
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Idiom Usage:

In the imperative:
"Keep your shirt on!"
 
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Gerund Form of the Idiom:

Keeping your shirt on can help reduce stress.
 
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Idiom Conjugations:

 
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