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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You've got to keep your wits about you in cooking and not stop in the middle of things to let your thoughts rove all over creation.
The same rules apply everywhere - keep your wits about you and do not antagonise the locals.
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So, keep your wits about you when you shop and be a hard-nosed bargainer, picking up the bulk deals at cooperatives if you want to keep your budget on track.
There are many twists and turns in tonight's episode so you're going to have to keep your wits about you, but it's worth sticking with it.
"You have to keep your wits about you and try to be as normal as you can.
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I remember those days very well, because as a puny teenager surrounded by a motley collection of equally puny teenagers, you had to keep your wits about you in an atmosphere tinged with violence.
When you're out, keep your wits about you. Don't walk around alone at night.