catch (one's) breath

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catch (one's) breath

1. To resume or try to resume breathing normally after a physically taxing activity that results in heavy breathing. Can we stop for a minute? I need to catch my breath—I can't run as fast as you guys!
2. To stop breathing momentarily as a result of fear or surprise. I caught my breath when I saw the gruesome injuries Adam had sustained in the accident.
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catch one's breath

Fig. to struggle for normal breathing after strenuous activity. The jogger stopped to catch her breath. It took Jimmy a minute to catch his breath after being punched in the stomach.
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catch one's breath

1. Resume normal breathing after physical exertion of some kind, as in These stairs are steep; wait a minute till I catch my breath. This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current. [Early 1800s]
2. Relax, take a rest, as in Events have been moving so fast I'd like to stop and catch my breath. [First half of 1900s]
See also: breath, catch

catch your ˈbreath

stop breathing for a moment (because of surprise, fear, shock, etc.): The magnificent view made us catch our breath.
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catch (one's) breath

To rest so as to be able to continue an activity.
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References in classic literature ?
The spectators had settled themselves for an interesting engagement of at least average duration when they were brought almost standing by a brilliant flash of rapid swordplay that was over ere one could catch his breath.
Blair Alston had to beg his Bairns pals to let him catch his breath after a crush of bodies following his winner.
She told the Brecon inquest: "Prasad surfaced a couple of times but couldn't catch his breath.
I think we could maintain it with a day off here or there more next year, just to let him catch his breath so his legs stay at a functional level,'' Scioscia said.
Just last night," she went on, "he cried for half an hour, without once stopping to catch his breath.
To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, November 2003: Young Salz, who suffers from terrible coughs and often cannot catch his breath, lives in the medieval German town of Hameln.
Too many lodged in his throat, and he couldn't catch his breath.
Stopping to catch his breath, Justin flashed a six pack, smooth chest, firm arms and generally buff body.
One is allowed to catch his breath when he completes one of the largest acquisitions of the decade.
Thornhill, who dropped and sat on the bottom rope, was unhappy with the referee's failure to issue a mandatory eight count to give him the chance to catch his breath.
As I passed them, the gentleman stopped to catch his breath and I asked if I could be of any help.
Neumeier's Getting Closer used Ned Rorem's String Symphony and much quasi-semaphoric gesture to sketch in an underwhelming "plot" that had Roberts and Kent elbowing each other away from Corella whenever he stopped to catch his breath.
A slow, painful and imminent death was something fifty-three-year-old Ken Saler had come to accept last year: His multiple heart attacks had left the father of two, successful commercial real estate executive, and avid sailor sentenced to a life in the recliner, unable to walk to his front door without sitting down to catch his breath.
And whenever Bradley needed to catch his breath, quarterback Doug Shumway demonstrated that the Chargers can still throw the ball, connecting with receivers on one screen pass and slant route after another, all of which added up to a 26-7 nonleague victory.
ROSS CLARK ensured Queen's were walking on air as he struggled to catch his breath.