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 ?
I dare say he would have paid more, but frankly I was so taken aback that I lost my head; I accepted the offer before I was able to collect myself.'"
I went into the dining room, sat down, drank some wine, and so soon as I could collect myself sufficiently I told her the things I had seen.
Having seen to the wine, and reviewed my men and women who were to wait at dinner, I retired to collect myself before the company came.
Grant’s had given me time to collect myself. I believe—I do believe, I acquitted myself better there, for Miss Grant even wept at my silly speeches.” For a moment Elizabeth did not reply, but again veiled her eyes with her hand.
I can't collect myself. I can't check off my happiness as it takes place.
I paused to collect myself and then entered the chamber.
'I have a prospect of getting on in life and elevating myself by my own independent exertions,' says Wegg, feelingly, 'and I shouldn't like--I tell you openly I should NOT like--under such circumstances, to be what I may call dispersed, a part of me here, and a part of me there, but should wish to collect myself like a genteel person.'
I stood for a minute or two to collect myself, for I was dazed with the horror of the thing.
Before I could collect myself the words "Come in" were out of my mouth, and the steward entered with a tray, bringing in my morning coffee.
Instead of freaking out, and improvising my way through that freakout, it would've been fine to just collect myself and calm down.
It's my quiet time when I collect myself and seek inspiration."
I collect myself before boarding and borrow some antacid from a fellow tourist to get the hell over it.
It took me a few minutes to collect myself and drive home.
Although I was positive that the bull had expired, I did not move for about 20 minutes while trying to collect myself.