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gather (or collect) one's wits

Definition of gather or collect one's wits in English:

Allow oneself to think calmly and clearly in a demanding situation.
Example sentences
  • Shaken up herself, Phoebe decided to make an opportune exit, allowing herself as well as Jess to gather their wits about them once again.
  • After gathering her wits, she ran outside, in search of her two boys.
  • At last, gathering her wits about her, Daphne waddled back to her master to tell him what had happened at the river's edge.
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