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 ?
Then, before the others could gather their wits about them, Robin Hood was gone into the depths of the greenwood.
International trust has waned as nations especially in Europe which Turkey now has no hope of joining via the EU gather their wits and analyse what all this might mean for the security of their own borders as well as trading relations.
After sweetly asking the crowd to put their hands up and "Sing" for the finale (and to keep doing that), the cheeky pop star nimbly ducked out the venue before the singing fans co uld gather their wits and cause a stalking stampede.
Some may need the rest of the day off to gather their wits while others may need short- or even long-term counseling.
Interviews with jockeys are important, so give them a chance to gather their wits and their breath and you will get twice the interview.
But Jim Jefferies' side survived the early onslaught for long enough to gather their wits and it wasn't long before they stated their own intent to make a game of it.
Before Birmingham could gather their wits the ball was flicked to the lively flanker Danny Collins, who evaded desperate tackles to plunge across the line.
As the team regrouped to gather their wits, so did the crowd in green.
Before Fiorentina had time to gather their wits, Martins had slipped a disguised pass into the feet of Adriano.