collect (oneself)

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collect (oneself)

To compose oneself so that one's actions are not dictated by one's emotions. I know you're angry, so you need to collect yourself before you go in there and say something you'll regret to your boss.
See also: collect

collect yourself/your thoughts


1 try to control your emotions and become calm: I’m fine — I just need a minute to collect myself.
2 prepare yourself mentally for something: She paused to collect her thoughts before entering the interview room.
See also: collect, thought
References in classic literature ?
She paused an instant to collect herself, and then went softly toward the bony beckoner.
She said nothing; and Eleanor, endeavouring to collect herself and speak with firmness, but with eyes still cast down, soon went on.
Under its cold influence she began to collect herself, and to feel her pride rising like a barrier between her and her mother.
"You must tell it, or read it to me." She pushed her chair back from the table, and tried to collect herself. "Stop!" she exclaimed, as the lawyer, with visible hesitation and reluctance, took the papers in his own hand.
Fanny was just beginning to collect herself, and to feel that if she staid longer behind it might seem disrespectful, when this point was settled, and being commissioned with the brother and sister's apology, saw them preparing to go as she quitted the room herself to perform the dreadful duty of appearing before her uncle.
Knowing what she had to do, she tried to collect herself and do it.
In a few moments, the frenzy fit seemed to pass off; she rose slowly, and seemed to collect herself.
At the top she paused for a moment to breathe and collect herself. She heard the typewriter and formal professional voices inside, not belonging, she thought, to any one she had ever spoken to.
The Good Morning Britain host was visibly shocked by his reply and had to collect herself again before just saying "wow".
In the (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oshVF0kKl18) latest "I Am Jazz" update TLC shared on YouTube, Jeanette is seen struggling to collect herself after rushing Jazz for another operation.
Jacqueline does not have any particular routine that she follows before going on stage; instead, she likes to take a moment alone for a couple of minutes "just to refresh and collect herself."
After giving the dolphin a few seconds to collect herself, Martin walked back to the blue pad, crouched beside it and again positioned her hand at a vertical angle.
Two Peace Warriors rush to embrace her and escort her to the school office, where she can collect herself.
During the post-match press con, having a few minutes to collect herself, she now flashed a big smile.
"She has to take time out to collect herself as she finds it all difficult." Ignore those judges, Rita.