collect thoughts

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.
See also: collect, thought
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The care foundation also initiated a project titled 'Namibian Men Stand Up' (NAMSU) which was launched earlier this year and aims to collect thoughts and possible solution ideas from all members of the society, across the nation, especially, the men regarding ways and systems to be implemented, in order to reduce and possibly prevent the social epidemics, such as passion killing, baby dumping and gender violences, that affect the nation.
I continue to collect thoughts and perspectives on leadership because I am constantly assessing attributes that I have or need to have to be better as a leader and in my job, Also, I believe an inspiring comment or some words of wisdom every now and then help us move forward in our leadership development.
It was essential that the support met the needs of the community, and officers from the city council met with traders, businesses and residents to collect thoughts and ideas on a wide range of issues, from safety and security to litter and cleaning services.
As well as Up and Under, the centre is also home to Two Minute Silence, a project funded by the Museums, Libraries Archives Council (MLA) to collect thoughts and memories about war and peace, to mark next year's (2009) 90th anniversary of the Remembrance Day two-minute silence.
Over the next three weeks Ira's assistant, Eddie Galvin, will be working with community groups, residents' associations, young people and elderly residents to collect thoughts and ideas.
Welcomes helps communities collect thoughts, ideas and experiences of being welcome and unwelcome, aspiring to redesign unwelcome experiences.
We also tried to collect thoughts on how long it could last--and what future forces could emerge to hamper the movement.
The WBENC conference presents a unique opportunity for VCG leaders to collect thoughts on diversity needs and other business process optimization challenges from members of the women business community at the event.
Lances raised, Richard Hanson and Henry Clayton try to unhorse each other amid the thunder of hooves Below, a few moments to rest and collect thoughts for Matt Provost, Neil Thomason and Richard Hanson' Pictures, LORETTA BRENNAN' Neil Thomason and James Timson (above) preparing Dan the horse, and (right) Richard Hanson in action' Henry Clayton, Neil Thomason and Matt Provost mix modern technology with olde worlde as they get wired for sound' Matt Provost and, right, Neil Thomason clash swords