Keep your wits about you

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Keep Your Wits About You

have/keep (all) your wits about you definition: to be ready to think quickly in a situation and react to things that you are not expecting.

"to keep your wits about you" in Polish

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Your browser does not support the audio element. This is the first time that he has had to handle a competitor's attack as well as production problems. It is fast becoming a desperate situation. If the manager keeps his wits about him and remains calm and makes sound decisions, then disaster can be averted and he can win the respect of his team. You are out of work. I am out of work. The bills are piling up and we just got a foreclosure notice from the bank.

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Luckily, the teacher kept her wits about her and was able to evacuate all of her students from the burning building. 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: have , keep , wit. References in classic literature?


  1. Jodie B. says:

    Urban Dictionary: keep your wits about you

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  4. Aniceto R. says:

    To keep your mind in focus, to not let your guard down no matter what. To think carefully before an action, regarding the consequences that may be dangerous.

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