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.
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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
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Make music part of your routine If you're feeling mentally tense or worn out, music's always a wonderful way to collect oneself or reinvigorate your state of mind.
One feels the desire to collect oneself against all this in poetry as well as in politics."