take oneself in hand

take oneself in hand
• to take oneself in hand
• to pull oneself together
to contain oneself

Quickly I took myself in hand and, with a glance at the weather, decided on a short walk. (A. Cronin)

For the moment Jan could not remember where she was. Then she pulled herself together and smiled. (D. Cusack)

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  • take something in hand — are you willing to take this project in hand? Syn: deal with, apply oneself to, come to grips with, set one s hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, handle, manage …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • take something in hand — DEAL WITH, apply oneself to, get to grips with, set one s hand to, grapple with, take on, attend to, see to, sort out, take care of, handle, manage; informal get stuck into. → take * * * start doing or dealing with a task …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep oneself in hand — • to keep oneself in hand • to hold oneself in check (from Idioms in Speech) to control one s feelings, not to get angry, to be reserved, to be self contained I had to hold myself in check. (A. Cronin) See: take oneself in hand …   Idioms and examples

  • take — v. & n. v. (took; taken) 1 tr. lay hold of; get into one s hands. 2 tr. acquire, get possession of, capture, earn, or win. 3 tr. get the use of by purchase or formal agreement (take lodgings). 4 tr. (in a recipe) avail oneself of; use. 5 tr. use… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take — verb (past took; past participle taken) 1》 reach for and hold with one s hands. 2》 carry or bring with one; convey or guide.     ↘remove from a place.     ↘subtract. 3》 accept or receive.     ↘understand or accept as valid.     ↘submit to,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • take — [tāk] vt. took, taken, taking [ME taken < OE tacan < ON taka < ? IE base * dēg , to lay hold of] I to get possession of by force or skill; seize, grasp, catch, capture, win, etc. 1. to get by conquering; capture; seize 2. to trap, snare …   English World dictionary

  • take — ► VERB (past took; past part. taken) 1) lay hold of with one s hands; reach for and hold. 2) occupy (a place or position). 3) capture or gain possession of by force. 4) carry or bring with one; convey. 5) remove from a place. 6) …   English terms dictionary

  • take — 1 Take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab are comparable when they mean to get hold of by or as if by reaching out the arm or hand. Take is not only the most general but also the only colorless term in this group. In ordinary use, especially… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • take on — [v1] assume, accept acquire, add, address oneself to, adopt, agree to do, annex, append, attempt, become, begin, come to have, commence, develop, embrace, employ, endeavor, engage, enlist, enroll, espouse, handle, have a go at*, hire, launch, put …   New thesaurus

  • take — takable, takeable, adj. taker, n. /tayk/, v., took, taken, taking, n. v.t. 1. to get into one s hold or possession by voluntary action: to take a cigarette out of a box; to take a pen and begin to write. 2. to hold, grasp, or grip: to take a book …   Universalium

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