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Calm down, get hold of oneself. For example,
Before you tell him what you think of him, count to ten
. Often used as an imperative, this phrase in effect means that if one takes the time to count from one to ten one can regain one's composure.
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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count to ten
(...) knowledge. You learned the alphabet as you learned to count to ten, as you learned "Now I lay...