collect (one's) thoughts

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collect (one's) thoughts

To pause and think before speaking or taking action. Can I please just have a second to collect my thoughts before I respond? Susie paused to collect her thoughts and come up with a tactful response to her seething sister.
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collect one's thoughts

Fig. to take time to think through an issue; to give some thought to a topic. I'll speak to the visitors in a moment. I need some time to collect my thoughts.
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But, for the rest of us, having a chance to prepare and collect our thoughts ahead of time will lead to a better discussion.
It's difficult to collect our thoughts at this moment, but rest assured, we'll make time to properly honor Dwight in these pages.
Though we may need a short "timeout" to collect our thoughts or calm our emotions, we still need to talk about it.
It's time to collect our thoughts. We are transitioning to a point where AI becomes pure intelligence that can mimic cogitative reasoning of human beings.
Reverend Kathleen Rogers said: "Today has been an awful day and I think that this evening we just need time to sit quietly and collect our thoughts."
She said: "Today has been an awful day and I think this evening, we just need time to sit quietly and collect our thoughts.
"Distant Memories has come out of Windsor well, but he did have a hard race and we'll take time to collect our thoughts and consider Longchamp."