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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This punishment now seems Dickensian but it kept discipline and concentrated the mind wonderfully.
The pain concentrated the mind wonderfully and was usually reinforced by parents who approved of this punishment.
That contest has concentrated the mind this week as far as the Dragons' quintet is concerned and Charteris said that he had barely thought of the first Test against the Pumas.
If you're not concentrated the mind can start racing.
John Lill concentrated the mind on the matters musical with a moving performance Beethoven's Piano Sonata in C sharp minor Opus 27 No 2 (Moonlight) .
THE rules may have been tightened and the Jim Devine trial will certainly have concentrated the minds of our MPs.
The current climate has definitely concentrated the minds of high energy users and we are looking forward to seeing the significant savings.
Sarbanes-Oxley has concentrated the minds in the executive suite and the boardroom on greater and more transparent financial disclosure, on better corporate governance throughout the organization and on new relationships with accounting firms.
AT least the war concentrated the minds of luvvies who turned up for this year's Oscars ceremony - and the way they dressed.
8 million more homes being built over the next 20 years, appear to have concentrated the minds of ministers.
The latest milk contract review in the supermarket sector concentrated the minds of investors in three food companies Arla Foods rose 2p at 63.