concentrate the mind


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concentrate the mind

To cause someone to focus on something, usually what is important in a particular situation. I didn't think I was capable of diffusing a bomb, but nothing concentrates the mind more than the threat of danger!
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ˌconcentrate the ˈmind

make you think very clearly and seriously about something: Being informed that you are likely to lose your job unless you work harder concentrates the mind wonderfully.
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In response to letters in Viewpoints concerning the chemical tanks in Barry Docks, it is remarkable how property values concentrate the minds of readers.
Next to hanging," McCracken explains, "there's nothing like military service to concentrate the mind.
But the Aintree fences may concentrate the mind in the Totesport.
No-Smoking Day can help concentrate the mind and stiffen the resolve but stopping is said to be harder than kicking a heroin addiction.
First, there's nothing like a little competition to concentrate the mind.
This should really concentrate the mind in variety choice.
Doesn't this really concentrate the mind on the obscene state of our society today?
Maybe not, but it doesn't half concentrate the mind.
JUST Harlow to concentrate the mind tonight with a six-open card so, before business, how about a tongue-in-cheek (or is it?
I wrote what I thought was a fairly innocuous piece about how easy it is to creep up above the speed limit on long car journeys and that it might be useful to have the occasional speed limit sign dotted along the way just to concentrate the mind.
He said: "That sort of powerful incentive really does concentrate the mind.
It was definitely close enough to concentrate the mind.
Monty said: "I feel a little bit on my own, but that might concentrate the mind better.
They concentrate the mind, which comes in pretty handy when you're out in the real world where ticking boxes is not an option.
THERE'S nothing like being the target of a furious crowd to concentrate the mind of those in Government.