Gather her wits - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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gather (one's) wits
To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. Sir, you've just been in an car accident. Take a moment to gather your wits, then please tell us what happened. If your opponent starts badgering you during the debate, remember to gather your wits before responding.
gather (or collect) your wits bring yourself back to a state of equanimity.
1984 Geraldine McCaughrean The Canterbury Tales Poor old man, he was too astonished to speak. And before he could collect his wits, he was sitting at table…with his lord on one side and his daughter on the other.
collect/gather your ˈwits try to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
References in classic literature
For the moment she forgot her victim, and before she could gather her wits
together again the huge white man was standing before her, the woman who had lain upon the altar in his arms.
However, she must gather her wits
and take strength from her mentor Huw Owen as she puts the final pieces of the jigsaw into place.
If she is to follow through with her mission, she must gather her wits
and make a crucial decision.
It took her some time to gather her wits
when she heard the first round of gunfire that broke out in Trident, the gateway the terrorists chose to break into the hotel.