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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These vans, inspired from the concept of food trucks, offer patrons a quiet environment where they can pay to collect their thoughts for 10 to 20 minutes, according to an article published on cnbc.
The sensible thinking behind this is that, after highly-stressful and emotional games, managers should - for the good of themselves and the game - be given time to calm down and collect their thoughts.
The boys were quiet at halftime, you can see when players are in a really difficult game because they're quiet at half-time and they're just trying to collect their thoughts.
You have to pick them up on time so they are not rushed and can collect their thoughts before going on air.
This was a place where people could collect their thoughts, concentrate on their visions and create in a peaceful environment for the first time.
The varying lengths of the chapters are ideal for a struggling reader, giving them breaks to collect their thoughts, to imagine the characters in their mind's eye, and to set the scene like a frame in a movie.
The garden and sculpture are designed to be a quiet place for families to collect their thoughts.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has called for a "cooling-off period" directly after the match in order to give managers time to collect their thoughts, rather than be immediately exposed to television interviews.
But that is exactly why TV want interviews before managers have had time to collect their thoughts.
Patients tell how they want to spend the moments afterwards alone - giving them time to collect their thoughts.
Indeed, they will barely have time to collect their thoughts ahead of this tie - their third in a week.
Scott Carson and Nigel Reo-Coker collect their thoughts after the unfortunate own goal Picture, TIM EASTHOPE
After an hour and a half of inexorably building tensions the audiences seemed happy to visit the bar or the old pub on the other side of Angel Lane to collect their thoughts.
But coach Andy Murray elected to let his veterans stay away from the rink Wednesday to collect their thoughts after Tuesday's difficult 2-1 loss to the Mighty Ducks.
Generation X and Generation Y are on the verge of leading this country into this new century and a lousy eight hours of downtime to collect their thoughts won't hurt anybody.