have one's wits about one

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have (one's) wits about (one)

To stay calm and rational, especially in times of stress. Luckily, the teacher had her wits about her and was able to evacuate all of her students from the burning building.
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have one's wits about one

Also, keep one's wits about one. Remain alert or calm, especially in a crisis. For example, After the collision I had my wits about me and got his name and license number, or Being followed was terrifying, but Kate kept her wits about her and got home safely. [Early 1600s]
See also: have, one, wit