collect your 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 witsor
gather your witsLITERARY
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 ˈwitstry to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
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