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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APTLY, National Universities' Week is concentrating the mind on big like-it-or-not changes ahead for Liverpool's three campuses with their, until now, burgeoning student population of 73,000.
The first official annual Beatles Day, earlier this month, was an ideal way of concentrating the mind and providing a focus for expansion.
The potential of a stadium and casino to draw in wealth and deliver economic regeneration in one of the poorest parts of Birmingham is something that should be concentrating the minds of those who run Birmingham.