collect one's thoughts

collect one's thoughts
To become mentally composed, especially after being distressed, surprised, or disoriented; to become calm or organized in ones emotional state or thinking, as in preparation for a conversation, speech, decision, etc.

I got up feverish and nervous. I walked out before breakfast, striving to collect my thoughts and tranquilize my feelings.

Syn: collect ones wits, gather ones wits

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