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
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At this time, we want to collect ourselves as a team and support each other in processing this incomprehensible act," said Mr Grand.
Mark Silvester, who manages the online reporting system for the force, said: "It is a valuable tool in our fight against crime and gives us evidence that would take us several days to collect ourselves.
In that way, they function as hopeful departures from the otherwise depressing news we are bombarded by, and provide us with a pregnant pause in which we can calmly revise our thoughts and collect ourselves before the next bout of action.
Our leadership team literally stared blankly at each other and then took a few days to collect ourselves."
So as the whistle blew on the first half, the waiting staff - superb throughout - gave us a few minutes to collect ourselves, a welcome relief as I could feel my belly swelling.
"Any artist we represent in the gallery, we personally collect ourselves," Cristi Smith says.
He explained: "I am disappointed because I expected otherwise, but we have to lift our heads, collect ourselves and move on."
"We didn't play that great on Saturday, so this is an opportunity as a group to collect ourselves and go out and play hard," Ganes said.
"Some people with scholarly degrees theorize that in effect we 'collect ourselves.' Our mania to acquire what we like and shape it into a collection of our own devise is part of a healing process."
As coaches and educators, we have to collect ourselves, engage in some damage control, and get back into the fight with renewed enthusiasm.
Our observer wore a headset, listened to the traffic calls, and became another "pair of eyes." We had to collect ourselves and regroup after our close call.
Getting out to collect ourselves and settle frayed nerves, we looked around.
All in all, a rather dissatisfying experience, so you'd think they'd at least give us time to collect ourselves before launching Big Brother Four.
If we cannot collect ourselves to lobby for the changes needed in Canada, then the other option is to sway public opinion in our direction by having our local sections raise issues with their local media and in local government.