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count to ten

To take a moment to calm down, especially when angry, before doing anything rash or hasty. Used as an imperative, it can but doesn't necessarily mean to literally count to the number ten. I know your boss said some unfair things about you, but just go count to ten so you don't end up saying something that gets you fired.
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count to ten

Calm down, get hold of oneself. For example, Before you tell him what you think of him, count to ten. Often used as an imperative, this phrase in effect means that if one takes the time to count from one to ten one can regain one's composure.
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count to ten

count to ten under your breath in order to prevent yourself from reacting angrily to something.
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In the next 12 months, I'm going to pipe down, swallow my pride, go into an adjacent room and count to 10, even take a short sharp shower - anything other than launch, all guns blazing, into yet another pointless row.
MANY children are being subjected to "boring" language lessons in which they are repeatedly taught the basics such as how to count to 10 or say "bonjour", a study has found.
Part of Kane/Miller's "Books in Action" pop-up series, Busy Farm: Count to 10 is a colorful popup book designed to help little people begin counting.
It's knowing there is a responsibility to the image of the game to be ready to count to 10 and stay clear of controversial incidents.
Hold your breath and count to 10 for the line-up which will be announced in a few weeks.
At these times it's best to stay calm and count to 10 before speaking.
Schools can make some difference, though it is easy to overemphasise what this is and hard to define the educational ethos that will be more important than whether you can count to 10 or even 11 by the age of five.
At five months she said her first word, she could say her name at 11 months and count to 10 by 16 months.
So I will try to count to 10 and give them the benefit of the doubt.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD - When other youngsters were learning to play T-ball and count to 10, John Taggart was undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments - an ordeal he faced without anesthesia or fear.
None of the roughly 30 people who regularly attended classes learned to count to 10.
Why don't you just count to 10 and get a grip of yourself, Craig?
Children can count to 10 and back by tallying unusual sea creatures such as nudibranchs, leafy sea dragons, and basket stars.
But according to the police reports,Ross was unable to walk a straight line and fell while trying to stand on one leg and count to 10.
Pop diva Diana Ross was forced to walk in a straight line, stand on one leg and count to 10 by police who stopped her on suspicion of drink-driving.