to get one's act together
/ɡɛt wˈʌnz ˈækt təɡˈɛðɚ/
to start to organize oneself for better results and more efficiency
to pull oneself together
/pˈʊl wʌnsˈɛlf təɡˈɛðɚ/
to regain control over one's emotions, particularly after a period of being upset or angry
to get a hold of oneself
/ɡɛt ɐ hˈoʊld ʌv wʌnsˈɛlf/
to force oneself to stop behaving in an uncontrollable manner, particularly in face of a difficult or unexpected situation
to get one's shit together
/ɡɛt wˈʌnz ʃˈɪt təɡˈɛðɚ/
to start to act more organized in order to achieve better results and become more skillful or efficient
to bite / hold one's tongue
/bˈaɪt ɔːɹ hˈoʊld wˈʌnz tˈʌŋ/
to not say something, against one's wish, in order to avoid causing an argument or upsetting someone
get / have one's ducks in a row
/ɡɛt hæv ˈɔːl ʌv wˈʌnz dˈʌks ˌɪnɐ ɹˈoʊ/
to get everything in order for something that is about to happen or one is going to do, particularly in order to avoid mistakes
to button / zip one's lip
/bˈʌʔn̩ zˈɪp wˈʌnz lˈɪp/
to not say anything or immediately stop talking, particularly so as not to reveal a secret or make matters worse
in hand
/ɪn hˈænd/
(of a situation) completely under one's control
out of one's system
/ˌaʊɾəv wˈʌnz sˈɪstəm/
no longer desiring something or feeling strong emotions about someone
to keep a lid on sth
/kˈiːp ɐ lˈɪd ˌɑːn ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ/
to control a situation and stop it from getting worse
to clean up one's act
/klˈiːn ˌʌp wˈʌnz ˈækt/
to make an effort to demonstrate a better behavior and treat others better
a straight face
/ɐ stɹˈeɪt fˈeɪs/
one's face when it is devoid of any signs of amusement, interest, or even sadness
to pour oil on troubled waters
/pˈoːɹ ˈɔɪl ˌɑːn tɹˈʌbəld wˈɔːɾɚz/
to say things in order to settle a dispute or disagreement
to take sth in stride
/tˈeɪk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ɪn stɹˈaɪd/
to calmly cope with something that is difficult or disturbing
to keep sth in proportion
/kˈiːp ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ɪn pɹəpˈoːɹʃən/
to sensibly react to something and not treat it as if it is more serious, severe, or important than it actually is
to keep a level head
/kˈiːp ɐ lˈɛvəl hˈɛd/
to stay calm and sensible in a stressful or difficult situation
to collect one's thoughts
/kəlˈɛkt wˈʌnz θˈɔːts/
to get one's thoughts or feelings under control, particularly after experiencing something shocking or disturbing
mind over matter
/mˈaɪnd ˌoʊvɚ mˈæɾɚ/
the willpower to overcome one's problems or control one's physical condition
to get a grip on oneself
/ɡɛt ɐ ɡɹˈɪp ˌɑːn wʌnsˈɛlf/
to stop behaving foolishly or recklessly and gain full control of one's emotions and thoughts
to keep one's head
/kˈiːp wˈʌnz hˈɛd/
to stay calm and think clearly, especially in challenging or stressful situations
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