bring (one) to (one's) senses

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bring (one) to (one's) senses

To cause one to resume acting, thinking, or feeling rationally or normally. I was starting to get disoriented after being awake for 36 hours straight, but a good night's rest brought me to my senses. I was excited to book a vacation until my nearly-depleted bank account brought me to my senses.
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bring (one) to one's senses

to cause someone to return to normal [after being out of control or irrational]. A gentle slap in the face brought him to his senses. Liz was brought to her senses quickly.
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bring someone to their senses

If an event or something you say brings someone to their senses, it makes them start to be reasonable and act in a sensible way. Insist that he treats you better or you will leave. This just might bring him to his senses. Note: You can say that someone comes to their senses if they start to be reasonable and act in a sensible way. So all he could do was hope that maybe the British would eventually come to their senses and act.
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bring someone to their senses

cause someone to think and behave reasonably after a period of folly or irrationality.
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Would you believe it," he continued, addressing the dignitary, "they actually tried to put in a claim under the deceased's will, and I had to resort to the very strongest measures in order to bring them to their senses? I assure you they knew their cue, did these gentlemen-- wonderful!
Yet there is a threat that may bring them to their senses. In many of Britain's most marginal constituencies, the number of over-75s is far higher than the sitting Tory MP's majority.
Can it be after her recent mauling by these contemptuous people that the penny has finally dropped and she has seen the light, appeasement does not work with these characters, you have to face them head-on, it's the only way to bring them to their senses , the plain fact is that they need us more than we need them, they need our money and they need our trade.
Maybe feeling some fear with bombs going off will bring them to their senses and stop them threatening and attacking other countries.
If they had any doubt of the "majority" being against them and not with them, the cheers and applause for the security forces at the mall should have been enough to bring them to their senses.
And this paper's view is that all those rowing should have their heads banged together to bring them to their senses.
Wells had carried some of that passion to the Los Alamitos group, talking, as she had been all day, about Gandhi, and especially the Mahatama's belief that "your role is not to bring your opponents to their knees, but to bring them to their senses."
"There is still a case for young offenders to be given a short, sharp shock early on to bring them to their senses.
Sheriff Kieran McLernan told the brothers only a custodial sentence would bring them to their senses.