Meaning of “have/keep (all) your wits about you” in the English Dictionary

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"have/keep (all) your wits about you" in British English

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have/keep (all) your wits about you

to be ready to think quickly in a situation and react to things that you are not expecting:

Cycling is potentially very dangerous in the city - you have to keep your wits about you.

(Definition of “have/keep (all) your wits about you” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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