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.
See also: bring, sense
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

bring someone to their senses

cause someone to think and behave reasonably after a period of folly or irrationality.
See also: bring, sense, someone
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The cool rushing current quickly brought him to his senses, howbeit he was still so dazed that he groped blindly for the swaying reeds to pull himself up on the bank.
The hurried, creaking steps of his servant coming through the drawing room brought him to his senses. He made an effort at thought, and was aware that he was on the floor; and seeing blood on the tiger-skin rug and on his arm, he knew he had shot himself.
Hardyman bled the dog, and brought him to his senses directly.
To all this Sancho made no reply because he was asleep, nor would he have wakened up so soon as he did had not Don Quixote brought him to his senses with the butt of his lance.
I learned from Ghak that the Thurian chieftain, Goork, had been inclined to haughtiness, and had told Ghak, the Hairy One, that he knew nothing of me and cared less; but I imagine that the sight of the fleet and the sound of the guns brought him to his senses, for it was not long before he sent a deputation to me, inviting me to visit him in his village.
If anything should have brought him to his senses then it was waking up next to Steve in a hotel bed following an almighty bender.
It was Shauna who brought him to his senses. She told him about Italian footballer Piermario Morosini and Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen, who both died after suffering cardiac arrests.
The 33-year-old American Pie' star admits he likes to remind himself how close he came to death before two Dui arrests and a jail stint brought him to his senses and prompted him to get help.
But wouldn't it be nice if the jolt brought him to his senses and made him realise what an utterly imbecilic activity he has brought to the world?
But he swore that me leaving him had brought him to his senses and he had given up cannabis.
Being kicked out may have brought him to his senses. If he had been unfaithful but is truly sorry and wants to try again you may be prepared to forgive him.
James Evans, defending, said: 'Drink has been his problem but this has brought him to his senses.'
If Al's partner's illness has brought him to his senses then he may, finally, change his ways.
Hywel Hughes, defending, said Thorne was trying to fight the "demon drink" and the short, sharp shock of being in custody after the second offence had brought him to his senses.
Considering the injuries Corrie's Nick and EastEnders' Phil suffered in their recent crashes, Jim's lucky and at least the accident has brought him to his senses. He dumps Nicola - perhaps on health and safety grounds, eh?