bring one to oneself

bring (one) to (oneself)

To cause one to resume acting or feeling as one normally does. I was starting to get disoriented after being awake for 36 hours straight, but a good night's rest brought me to myself.
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bring (someone or something) to

1. To cause someone to regain consciousness. After Lily fainted, we used smelling salts to bring her to.
2. To stop a vessel from moving. We're getting close to the dock, so bring the boat to.
3. To cause a total to reach a certain amount. Adding a drink brings your total to $8.49. I'm thrilled because my last payment brought the amount I still owe on that loan to less than $1,000!
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bring one to oneself

to cause one to become rational; to cause one to act normal. A glass of ice water thrown in her face brought Sally to herself. I was brought to myself by some smelling salts.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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