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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.
See also: collect, wit

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. The kids collected around the clown to watch him make balloon animals.
See also: around, collect

collect for (someone or something)

To solicit money, especially that which is owed, for a particular reason. People keep calling to collect for my credit card bills. There's a boy at the door collecting for charity.
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collect (something) from (someone)

1. To solicit or gather something, often money, from someone. There's a boy at the entrance collecting money from people for charity. They're doing a food drive at work, and they want to collect canned food from us.
2. To obtain a biological specimen from someone, as for medical testing. We'll need to collect a urine sample from you.
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collect on (something)

To request or pursue something that has been offered or promised to one. Remember when you offered to watch the baby? Well, I need to collect on that now. It's time to collect on that debt he owes me.
See also: collect, on

collect up

To gather items. A noun or pronoun can be used between "collect" and "up." I need someone to help me collect up all of these donations for the food drive. Collect your toys up—it's time for bed!
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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.
See also: around, collect

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.
See also: collect, on

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

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.
See also: collect, up

collect your wits


gather your wits

If you collect your wits or gather your wits, you make an effort to control yourself and become calm again, after a frightening or shocking experience. I took a deep breath and tried to gather my wits. The news was so shocking that I was scarcely able to take it in. Sinking into a leather armchair, I attempted to collect my wits and decide what on earth I was going to tell Lucy.
See also: collect, wit

collect yourself/your thoughts

1 try to control your emotions and become calm: I’m fine — I just need a minute to collect myself.
2 prepare yourself mentally for something: She paused to collect her thoughts before entering the interview room.
See also: collect, thought

collect/gather your ˈwits

try to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
See also: collect, gather, wit

re-collect (oneself)

To become composed again, especially after one has been flustered or confused.
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Instead of collecting sales and use tax at the vendor's original location, taxes will be assessed at the destination of the goods, where the purchaser takes possession or initially uses the services.
When you engage in the intentional act of collecting seeds you surely intend the effect of getting seeds.
For collecting oil from generating sources, the tanks typically have capacities ranging from 2,000 to 4,500 gallons, holding from 7 to 10 tons of material by weight.
The book features not only those obsessed with collecting things or seeking thrills, but individuals whose peculiar passions are focused on posterity or other people.
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External input from outside legal counsel, trade associations, and/or consulting firms also can play an important role in collecting information.
Based on the formulas expressed in the table, we see that our annual cost of collecting fees is $175,000--or 23.
Black book collecting is a hot-off-the-presses trend that correlates with a surge in the world's fascination with all things rooted in Africa, says the dean of black book collecting, Charles Blockson, curator of the Charles Blockson Collection at Pittsburgh's Temple University.
Collecting such data would demonstrate the hospital's commitment to meeting the patient's needs.
The influx of a new generation of baby boomer collectors into the market will result in rapid growth for the collectibles industry over the next 10 to 15 years, according to Baby Boomers & Collecting in the Year 2000, a new report from Unity Marketing, a marketing services and research firm specializing in the collectibles and giftware industry.
But far too often small businesses are so focused on making money that they neglect to put enough effort into actually collecting it.
Although the cost-cutting climate has cooled off corporate art collecting, rumors of its death may be highly exaggerated.
Does an artist's collecting amount to a mere distraction or an essential part of "the work"?
Now working for the DSD, he has been in the waste-management business for many years, collecting trash under contract with German cities and towns.
mail-order businesses will not be required to act as the state's agent in collecting use tax.
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