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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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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way, strayed from the legend, and walked to catch our breath.
One by one we crossed the line and doubled over, desperate to catch our breath.
But we do catch our breath a good number of times, and that's nothing to shake a broomstick at.
We take some time to catch our breath and then we go again.
The stench was terrible, we couldn't catch our breath and started choking.
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If we don't take a moment now, we may never have another chance to catch our breath, as the rate of change our industry is about to go through as the next century begins will quickly eclipse that of the past fifty years.
However, once we catch our breath we recognize a subtle logic at work beneath the surface.
That is until we can't take a breath, or in Debbie Elmer's case, can't catch our breath without effort.
Let's all catch our breath for a moment and think about some basic issues.
Unlike past disasters, such as the bombing in Oklahoma City or mass shootings in which we had a psychological recovery period in which things settled down and had time to catch our breath and mourn as a group -- we don't have time to decompress.
Anything that allows us to catch our breath in California is a good thing.
We can definitely use the time to catch our breath,'' Master's coach Karen Peterson said.
We're all still trying to catch our breath that Steven could be so caring,'' said Hiller.