pull (oneself) together

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pull (oneself) together

To calm oneself down and begin to think or act appropriately. I know you're stressed out, but you need to pull yourself together and get this report done! I hope she pulls herself together soon. We need her to be focused.
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pull together

1. To unify, consolidate, or join together the efforts or resources of a group or team. I know we're behind schedule, but if we pull together, we should be able to get this finished on time. The president is urging all citizens to pull together following the tragic event.
2. To move or organize things closer to one another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "together." Please pull the desks together so we can use them as a table. If it's too bright in here, I can pull together those curtains.
3. To create or organize something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "together." I know it can be tough to pull together a nutritious meal at the end of a long day, but your body will thank you for it! I'm trying to pull a meeting together for this Friday.
4. To assemble or compile things from various places or sources. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "pull" and "together." The police are pulling together all the facts to try to figure out what happened last night. We're pulling employee surveys together from our branches around the country.
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pull oneself together

 
1. Fig. to compose oneself; to gather one's wits about one. I have to pull myself together and try it again. Now try to pull yourself together and get through this crisis.
2. Fig. to gather up one's things; to pull one's things together. I'll be ready to leave as soon as I pull myself together. I want to pull myself together and leave.
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pull something together

 
1. Lit. to close something, such as a pair of drapes or sliding doors. Please pull the doors together when you finish in the closet. Would you pull the drapes together before you turn on the lights?
2. Fig. to assemble something, such as a meal. I will hardly have time to pull a snack together. I will pull a nice dinner together for the two of us.
3. Fig. to organize something; to arrange something. How about a party? I'll see if I can pull something together for Friday night.
4. Fig. to tidy things up; to straighten things up and make them orderly. This place is a mess. Please pull things together.
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pull together (as a team)

to cooperate; to work well together. Let's all pull together and get this done. If we pull together as a team, we can get this job done on time.
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pull oneself together

Regain one's composure or self-control, as in After that frightening episode, it took her a while to pull herself together. [Second half of 1800s]
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pull together

1. Make a joint effort, cooperate, as in If we pull together, I'm sure we'll meet our quota. [Late 1700s]
2. pull something together. Assemble or gather together, as in Once we pull together all the facts, we'll understand the situation. [Late 1800s] Also see pull oneself together.
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pull together

cooperate in a task or undertaking.
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pull yourself together

recover control of your emotions.
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pull yourself toˈgether

bring your feelings under control and start acting normally; stop feeling sorry for yourself: I know she’s upset but it’s time for her to pull herself together and stop crying. OPPOSITE: go (all) to pieces
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pull together

v.
1. To draw some things closer to each other: We pulled our chairs together so that we could talk.
2. To bring together things gathered from several sources; compile something: The report pulls together findings from previous studies. The way you've written the ending is good—it pulls the whole story together. The tragedy has pulled the community closer together.
3. To make a joint effort toward a common goal; cooperate: The whole community pulled together to rebuild the school that had burned down.
4. To make oneself calm and tranquil. Used reflexively: Stop crying and pull yourself together!
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pull (oneself) together

To regain one's composure.
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pull together

To make a joint effort.
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References in classic literature ?
You see they had been a whole lifetime learning to appreciate the pillory; and to have that thing staring them in the face, and every one of them distinctly at the mercy of me, a stranger, if I chose to go and report -- well, it was awful, and they couldn't seem to recover from the shock, they couldn't seem to pull themselves together. Pale, shaky, dumb, pitiful?
After the colt worried the 'Old Lady' out of the prize by a neck, it was said "few could pull themselves together for several minutes after seeing the race of a lifetime, so overpowering had it been."
Sugar sector urged to brace for influx of cheaper imports !-- -- MANILA, Philippines Amid threats of liberalization, the local sugar industry and the government must pull themselves together to beef up production to able to compete should the Philippines open its doors to cheaper imported sugar.
A source in the community who does not want to be mention told Tribune Online, that neither the Anambra state government nor the hospital management were able to pull themselves together as at press time to state how many corpses that were burnt and how the fire came about.
Bonnie gave the person instructions to take both the car and the victim's body and pull themselves together. When the identity of the person Bonnie was speaking to was not revealed, it still left viewers with the question of who died at the wedding. 
He expressed how much he loved his mother and that he and his father would strive to pull themselves together from their pain.
"I want the players to feel sorry for themselves and feel bad - and then pull themselves together in the next couple of days and get on with it."
Eighth and ninth placed Colchester and Wycombe lost 15 games as they failed to make the final cut and that's exactly where City are heading unless they pull themselves together.
Letter Every Saturday during the your full name People are expected to just "pull themselves together" and get on with things but the effects of grief can be totally devastating.
They pull themselves together and come back stronger.
I hope they get listened to without being told to pull themselves together and calm down, dear!
I am calling on Russia and Iran to pull themselves together and show responsibility, by putting a stop to this strategy ...
SYMPATHISE Those who persist in the belief that alcoholics should just pull themselves together and go on the wagon simply don't understand, let alone sympathise.
And of course, when the criticism of abnormalities in a regime is labeled "obsession," the consequence is that it is the critics, not the regime, who are expected to pull themselves together. And there is a large segment of the media in Turkey who spend most of their time criticizing the critics of Erdoy-an and accusing them of being obsessed with "one man."
This is tough for parents, as well, some of whom may have an impulse to tell their children to pull themselves together. Understanding their problems has to go rather deeper than that.