collect (one's) thoughts

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collect (one's) thoughts

To pause and think before speaking or taking action. Can I please just have a second to collect my thoughts before I respond? Susie paused to collect her thoughts and come up with a tactful response to her seething sister.
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collect one's thoughts

Fig. to take time to think through an issue; to give some thought to a topic. I'll speak to the visitors in a moment. I need some time to collect my thoughts.
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Reverend Kathleen Rogers said: "Today has been an awful day and I think that this evening we just need time to sit quietly and collect our thoughts.
She said: "Today has been an awful day and I think this evening, we just need time to sit quietly and collect our thoughts.
Distant Memories has come out of Windsor well, but he did have a hard race and we'll take time to collect our thoughts and consider Longchamp.
We will collect our thoughts and address it in the morning," he said.
THERE'S a big - and wholly misplaced - debate going on in education and technology circles and we need a moment to collect our thoughts before we all choose up sides and start spilling real blood in this latest educational brawl: the Battle of Books vs.