get (one's) priorities straight

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get (one's) priorities straight

To focus one's attention, energy, or concern on that which is most and truly important, usually implying that one has not done so up to that point. After a month of drinking and partying and totally neglecting my studies, I realized that I needed to get my priorities straight if I wanted to graduate from college. John took a little time off from work to get his priorities straight.
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get your priˈorities right/straight

do or get things in the right order of importance: If you think enjoying yourself is more important, then you need to get your priorities straight.The country has got its priorities right — it has invested in industry to achieve economic success.
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Let's get priorities straight and not plan something that will put all travelers at risk by herding them into the same area that will make it easier for terrorists to kill thousands at a time.