gather in my feet

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I've got a little problem with a phrase from a sentence in Hammett's The Big Knock-Over. Here it goes:

"I downed my second gin-gingerale and gathered in my feet, preparing to rise and trot along home."

The main character sits by a chair with two companions at this moment. Most of the sentence is clear to me, but this phrase: "gathered in my feet" I cannot understand.
Can you please help me and explain it?

Thank you!
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    American English
    He brought his feet inward, toward himself, in preparing to stand. Imagine yourself sitting down with your feet in front of you. Now imagine you want to stand. What do you do with your feet?

    Keep in mind while you're standing that this is somewhat outdated usage. :)
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