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collect dust

To be in a state of disuse for a prolonged period of time. Why do you want another video game console? You already have three collecting dust under the television! My father has lots of old trinkets and memorabilia collecting dust in the attic.
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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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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.
See also: collect, thought

collect around someone or something

to gather around someone or something; to accumulate around someone or something. The guests collected around the table that held the birthday cake. The children collected around the birthday boy.
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collect (money) for someone or something

to solicit money for the benefit of someone or something. I would like to collect some money for Fred, who is in the hospital. I am collecting for the church building fund.
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collect (money) for something

to solicit money that is owed. I'm collecting money for payment on your loan. Someone is calling to collect for the newspaper delivery.
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collect on something

to take or receive payment on a debt or promise. I have come to collect on your debt. I will have to assign your account to an agency to collect on this bill.
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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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collect something from someone

1. to gather up something from someone; to gather money from someone. I'm here to collect used clothing from you. She is out collecting donations from the neighbors.
2. to take a medical specimen from a person. I am here to collect a urine specimen from the patient. The phlebotomist collected the specimen from Todd and left the room.
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collect something up

to gather something up. Collect your things up, and let's go. I collected up all my luggage and left.
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re-collect (oneself)

To become composed again, especially after one has been flustered or confused.
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From Agriculture only Rs 447 million were collected against the target of Rs 838 million, from Finance (tax) only Rs 3,388 million against Rs 8,759 million and from the Board of Revenue Rs 18 million against a target of Rs 21 million were collected.
Earlier this year I talked to David and Ted who had a different approach to how we could present aggregated data and a few months later Collected was born," says Andreas Thorstensson, developer.
Use the collected data to make a line graph showing the number of koalas for each round.
In the 58 skulls collected between 1999 and 2002, exposure to total PCB compounds and to chlordane (a now-banned insecticide) both correlated with low bone mineral density among younger bears.
collected in the beef cattle barn was identical to that for B.
With respect to these benchmarks, another neglected issue arises in the discussion concerning the analysis of the data collected.
Canada's federal privacy law, which became effective January 1, 2002, extends privacy protection to all personal data regardless of when the data was collected.
The coats collected go to men, women, and children in homeless shelters and battered women centers throughout the city.
Now that you've found your way to the White House and collected all the letters, put them together to spell the answer to this question.
This is the opposite of the concern regarding the information collected and demonstrates one of the dilemmas inherent in new information systems.
Such items have always been collected, Jones notes, but until recently white collectors had a corner on the market.
In psychoanalytic terms you could talk about collected objects as transitional objects or surrogate objects, like the blanket that stands in for the mother's breast.
Passed on June 12, 1991, the Packaging Ordinance requires manufacturers or retailers to "take back" their packaging or ensure that 80 percent of it is collected rather than thrown out.
In 1990, entomologists reported they had isolated the so-called Potosi virus from specimens of Asian tiger mosquitoes collected in Potosi, Mo.