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come to your senses

Meaning: If you come to your senses, you see things clearly and begin to act sensibly after a period of confusion and unwise behaviour.

For example:

  • It took him a while, but Bill has finally come to his senses and stopped drinking too much alcohol.

  • Kerry says it's time we came to our senses and started treating our planet with the sort of love and care it needs.

Quick Quiz:

After spending most of his life working eighty hours a week in a job he didn't enjoy, Hamish came to his senses and
  1. quit his job
  2. worked even harder
  3. pretended to enjoy it

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