collect (one's) wits

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collect (one's) wits

To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. Take a moment to collect your wits, then tell us how the accident happened.
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collect your wits

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gather your wits

LITERARY
If you collect your wits or gather your wits, you make an effort to control yourself and become calm again, after a frightening or shocking experience. I took a deep breath and tried to gather my wits. The news was so shocking that I was scarcely able to take it in. Sinking into a leather armchair, I attempted to collect my wits and decide what on earth I was going to tell Lucy.
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collect/gather your ˈwits

try to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
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If they can get over their shock and collect their wits, there's PS1,000 up for grabs.
Shots rang out, and the Soldiers flattened themselves against the muddy earth or the cold stone walls of the structure, taking a moment to collect their wits before entering the building's only doorway.