collect (one's) wits

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collect (one's) wits

To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. Take a moment to collect your wits, then tell us how the accident happened.
See also: collect, wit
References in classic literature ?
He might grab that wad of bills and be out of sight in the darkness before the other could collect his wits.
He must now battle enemies old and new, and solve some perplexing puzzles in order to collect his wits and rejoin the real world.