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have (one's) wits about (one)

To stay calm and rational, especially in times of stress. Luckily, the teacher had her wits about her and was able to evacuate all of her students from the burning building.
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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

have your wits about you

If you have your wits about you, you are alert and ready to take action in a difficult or new situation. You've got to have your wits about you when you're driving a car. Note: You can also say that you keep your wits about you with the same meaning. Obviously divers need to keep their wits about them. Note: You can also say that you need your wits about you, meaning that it is important for you to behave in this way. You need your wits about you when you're dealing with people like this.
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have (or keep) your wits about you

be constantly alert and vigilant.
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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.
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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.
Get on your toes, keep your wits about you, say goodnight politely when it's over, go home and enjoy your dinner" - His golden rule of broadcasting.
You'll have to keep your wits about you as you travel through the haunted annals of Speke Hall and watch the shocking drama unfold.
HERE in Marbs, you have to keep your wits about you," warns local bar floozy Suzy without a hint of irony in the opening credits of Life on Marbs.
STRIKE BACK: LEGACY (SKY1 9pm) KEEP your wits about you.
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.
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.
It's fast, easy, and if you keep your wits about you, doesn't hurt a thing.
Keep your wits about you and your eyes and ears open.
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.
Coming from the Newport Bridge and wanting to access the A19 northbound is a nightmare if you don't keep your wits about you.
You have to keep your wits about you and try to be as normal as you can.
I stick to my prediction that if you use the transition rules, and keep your wits about you, you will not incur the 20 percent penalty this year," says Elizabeth Drigotas, principal, Deloitte Tax LLP.
YOU'LL need to keep your wits about you with all the twists and turns in this expertly-crafted thriller set in the steamy Florida Keys.
To keep your wits about you, Miz Hot Tips advises an occasional diversion .