gather (one's) wits

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gather (one's) wits

To try to calm oneself and think clearly and rationally. Sir, you've just been in an car accident. Take a moment to gather your wits, then please tell us what happened. If your opponent starts badgering you during the debate, remember to gather your wits before responding.
See also: gather, wit

gather (or collect) your wits

bring yourself back to a state of equanimity.
1984 Geraldine McCaughrean The Canterbury Tales Poor old man, he was too astonished to speak. And before he could collect his wits, he was sitting at table…with his lord on one side and his daughter on the other.
See also: gather, wit

collect/gather your ˈwits

try to become calm and think clearly: After such a shock I found it difficult to gather my wits.
See also: collect, gather, wit
References in classic literature ?
He gave a cry of terror, sprang sideways, and rushed on before I could gather my wits sufficiently to speak to him.
This has given me a chance to thrash him at Scrabble, and that's good for morale, because it's becoming pretty clear that I've been quite out of it for the last six months and I'm planning to spend the next six months trying to gather my wits.
As it pauses, apparently confused by which direction to flee, I gather my wits, steady the crosshairs on its shoulder, and coolly break the trigger.
I still couldn't gather my wits enough to look at the scenery, but I finally managed glimpses at my fellow bladers.
But I managed to gather my wits, take another deep breath and go back under.