get (one's) priorities straight

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get (one's) priorities straight

To focus one's attention, energy, or concern on that which is most and truly important, usually implying that one has not done so up to that point. After a month of drinking and partying and totally neglecting my studies, I realized that I needed to get my priorities straight if I wanted to graduate from college. John took a little time off from work to get his priorities straight.
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Let's get priorities straight and not plan something that will put all travelers at risk by herding them into the same area that will make it easier for terrorists to kill thousands at a time.