presence of mind

presence of mind
.presence of 'mind
n [U]
the ability to deal with a dangerous situation calmly and quickly
have the presence of mind to do sth
I'm glad she had the presence of mind to take down the car's registration number.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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