gather (one's) wits

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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.
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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.
See also: gather, wit

collect/gather your ˈwits

try to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
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References in classic literature ?
You know--it IS rather staggering," said Gilbert, trying to gather his wits together.
But he was up again almost as soon as he had fallen, and right quickly retreated to his own ringside to gather his wits and watch for an opening.
I shouted; and before the astonished yellow man whose misfortune it was to be at the fighting end of the line at that particular moment could gather his wits together my sword had decapitated him, and I was rushing like a mad bull down upon those behind him.
He was not embarrassed, for his unconscious sang-froid was boundless; but as he became aware that this was the proud and beautiful Madame de Cintre, the loveliest woman in the world, the promised perfection, the proposed ideal, he made an instinctive movement to gather his wits together.
Before the officer could gather his wits, he pulled out a list and began to read: `Cohen
Looking more like a tramp than a top copper, he has to quickly gather his wits in a bid to solve the mystery death.
Clarke had to gather his wits quickly to deny Byrne's attacking partner Glen Fitzpatrick soon after while Byrne had a header deflected just wide from a Crawley corner - one of several that troubled the Saints' defence.
This allowed the umpire time to gather his wits and ultimately keep his job.
The corner man slaps his face and tells him to gather his wits.