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.
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Shots rang out, and the Soldiers flattened themselves against the muddy earth or the cold stone walls of the structure, taking a moment to collect their wits before entering the building's only doorway.