Definition of have (or keep) one's wits about one in English:

have (or keep) one's wits about one

phrase

  • Be constantly alert.

    ‘a signalman had to have his wits about him’
    ‘keep your wits about you or you'll forget something important’
    • ‘Here's to moving the internet out of the stone age, but keeping our wits about us while we do it.’
    • ‘I have to say I don't think it's ever been any easier for me in terms of match action than it was in San Marino, but you have to keep your wits about you.’
    • ‘The only thing I can do is keep my wits about me and stay alert, you know?’
    • ‘He added: ‘I suppose it was fortunate that I kept my wits about me.’’
    • ‘He might be local, he might be friendly, so you've got to tread carefully but at the same time keep your wits about you.’
    • ‘She had all her wits about her and on the last day of her life she had very good interactions with family and friends.’
    • ‘You have to keep your wits about you if you want to avoid clumsily treading in someone's hard work.’
    • ‘You will need to keep your wits about you but you are lucky: you have a great family behind you, a protective community to use as a bolt-hole and, in the Dales at least, ordinary folk whose heads are not easily turned by fame.’
    • ‘I panicked and, although it would be ridiculous to die of exposure in Norfolk, I could have done if I had not kept my wits about me.’
    • ‘I don't socialise very much in Galway, I try to keep it quiet because you need to keep your wits about you.’