collect (one's) wits

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collect (one's) wits

To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. Take a moment to collect your wits, then tell us how the accident happened.
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collect your wits

or

gather your wits

LITERARY
If you collect your wits or gather your wits, you make an effort to control yourself and become calm again, after a frightening or shocking experience. I took a deep breath and tried to gather my wits. The news was so shocking that I was scarcely able to take it in. Sinking into a leather armchair, I attempted to collect my wits and decide what on earth I was going to tell Lucy.
See also: collect, wit
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

collect/gather your ˈwits

try to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
See also: collect, gather, wit
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References in classic literature ?
In the total darkness of the interior she paused for a moment to collect her wits and plan for the next step in her venture for freedom.
As Reggie tries to collect her wits and plot a strategy to deal with everyone who's suddenly so interested in her, Joshua always seems to be in the right place at the right time to help her out.