keep (one's) wits about (one)

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keep (one's) wits about (one)

To stay calm and rational, especially in times of stress. Luckily, the teacher kept her wits about her and was able to evacuate all of her students from the burning building.
See also: keep, wit

keep one's wits about (one)

Fig. to remain rational when threatened or under stress; to keep one's mind operating in a time of stress. If Jane hadn't kept her wits about her during the fire, things would have been much worse. I could hardly keep my wits about me.
See also: keep, wit

have/keep your ˈwits about you

be/remain quick to think and act in a demanding, difficult or dangerous situation: Mountaineering is dangerous, so you need to keep your wits about you.
See also: have, keep, wit
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Meanwhile, a senior member of Muscat Triathlon Club told Muscat Daily, 'Of course, we have to keep our wits about us while swimming, but in general, the jellyfish aren't too much of a nuisance.
According to Government Spokesperson Zoltan Kovcs, now is the time to keep our wits about us to prevent the realisation of the political intention to turn the states of Central Europe, including Hungary, into immigrant states.
But we humans will need to keep our wits about us, because the computers will be using theirs too.
In a world where we cannot see, hear or touch the people we are dealing with, it's important to keep our wits about us.
It took just a few minutes for us to realize that the experienced Saudi pilots were taking us on a slow gentle ride designed to allow us to view the area, snap our photos and keep our wits about us. One door of the helicopter was open from the top, enabling everyone to take turns putting cameras out for a clear unobstructed image of the majestic scene below.
This year we have been advised to keep our wits about us and be on the look out for marauding pirates, glamorous hooligans and calamitous hillbillies.
We had to keep our wits about us to follow programme notes with their jolly line illustrations in the first half, something for everyone however from 12 operettas.
IN a month with a solar and lunar eclipse as well as pesky Mercury moving in reverse, it's clear we have to keep our wits about us. Changes will be a stop-start affair with moments of clarity running alongside moments of doubt.
"I don't think that we're on the edge of a precipice but we need to keep our wits about us."
"We adapted on the field and we solved problems as the game progressed, so hopefully we can keep our wits about us in similar fashion at Blackheath."
I'm not downplaying this economic storm, just warning that it could cause hysteria at a time when we need to keep our wits about us.
"We know what to expect, we know what they will be about, so we've got to keep our wits about us and cope with it.
'We have just got to keep our wits about us and see as many players as we possibly can and Kuivasto is someone we have had a look at.'
can confuse all of us simpletons if we do not pay careful attention and keep our wits about us. (49)
These were long days in the approach to Singapore, and with the traffic in the Singapore Straits resembling rush hour on the M4, we needed to have our systems working perfectly and to keep our wits about us.