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
References in classic literature ?
As soon as he had re-lit a cigar and walked away the Trantridge people began to collect themselves from amid those who had come in from other farms, and prepared to leave in a body.
But the man spoke before his memories could collect themselves.
"There was just a couple minutes where it all seemed so eerie and strange and it took maybe a little bit for both teams to collect themselves.
After pausing for a moment to collect themselves, they turned to watch, and saw a strapping Formosan black bear crossing the river to escape what it perceived as a danger, after it was also frightened by the appearance of the two rangers, the Director said.
The visitors called their timeout to collect themselves and it did the trick, Deniss Bakatovs clawing one back in the 33rd minute when he waited for Trapans to commit before slotting the puck past him.
"In other instances, particularly with Paisley you've got big benefactors like the Coats who would collect themselves."
The allies would be wise to collect themselves, overcome petty national differences, and rely on openness and democracy to forge a new history around more lofty common goals.
While the factions collect themselves after the battle, Jack and Parker struggle to find balance in their relationship and answers to a final riddle left by their father.
"It gives enough time to collect themselves and eventually find work in Belgium or Paris or Amsterdam."
Teaching not just about sustainability but for sustainability, Students learn maths by analysing the solar and wind turbine data they collect themselves. They discover history and geography by investigating how landscapes have changed over time.
Clare v Wexford, 5pm SEVEN days is all the hurlers of Wexford and Clare have had to collect themselves and prepare to go again after a thrilling showdown in Cusack Park last Saturday.
United were able to collect themselves sufficiently to rise to eighth place in the league and dodge the relegation fight that sucked the life out of the club last term but Ashley must recognise that the slow draining of enthusiasm for the club is starting to encroach on those who would previously have considered themselves dyed in the wool supporters.
It may feel a little chaotic to them, because they don't get a break to go collect themselves and talk to their make-up artists… I'm sure it feels chaotic because they are in character for so long, but that is when things happen."