think straight

think straight

to think clearly. (Often negative.) I'm so tired I can't think straight.
See also: straight, think

think straight

to use your mind effectively The actor said she was so surprised to be nominated for an award that she still can't think straight.
Usage notes: usually used in a negative way, as in the example
See also: straight, think
References in classic literature ?
Oh dear," she continued impatiently, "what a lot of bother would be saved if only people would say the things they think straight out
It is getting to be a great effort for me to think straight.
They enable leaders and their teams to develop the art of performance, that is the capacity to act powerfully, relate well and think straight.
A study by Ohio State University in the US has found it's harder to think straight on an empty stomach.
I can't even think straight, God knows what his family are going through.
Fortunately, I managed to keep my cool, think straight and release myself.
Jackie, who runs an American diner called Route 66 in the Costa Brava resort with her husband, said: "I can't think straight at all, I'm just in so much shock.
Expat Jackie, originally from Richmond, South West London, said: "I can't think straight at all, I'm in shock.
Daniella Monet, Victorious "Don't get so giddy that you can't think straight.
It's hard to think straight, let alone form sentences, when someone is very upset and, what's more, very upset with you; so his being struck dumb is natural, if exasperating.
We are now in a situation where badly-thought-out policies are hastily being imposed on the British public, by a deaf administration which can't think straight.
Bands performing Saturday include Motion of the Ocean, Fog Wizard, Division of Hate, Faces of Mars, Ben Levin Group, Our Name is Legions, Signs of Chaos, Think Straight, Arsenal, Lost Since a Thought and World Enemies.
So used to it in fact, that when the script for I Can't Think Straight landed she did a double take when she saw she was being considered for the part of housekeeper rather than the archetypal Indian mother.
Listening to music doesn't relax me and I find it hard to think straight when it's on," The Daily Express quoted her as saying.
theatrical debuts: I Can't Think Straight, a romantic comedy about the clashing of Palestinian and Indian cultures in the U.