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.
See also: collect, thought
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: collect, thought
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The recognisable image of a bus stop is intended to make patients pause, wait and collect their thoughts, giving staff time to approach them.
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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.
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But that is exactly why TV want interviews before managers have had time to collect their thoughts.
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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. I had had simply no idea of the potential of Greek drama in the modem world; gobsmacking.