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.
See also: breath, catch

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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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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With this he departed, an easy victor, and again went whistling on his way, while the three outlaws rubbed the meal out of their eyes and began to catch their breath again.
5) Clinton sophomores Jeremy Nelson (left) and Nick Rixford catch their breath during a timeout.
Olympic Synchronized Swim Team catch their breath at the Coral Reef National Monument.
The industry has been growing at such a fast clip, he says, that manufacturers need some time to catch their breath.
Once the first performance is over, there's a little time for the actors to catch their breath before they perform the pieces again on Sunday and Monday evenings.
A spokesman at Southampton's Royal South Hants Hospital said: "Some men opted for a 10 minute sit down to catch their breath.
The detours can be a welcomed rest stop on an adventurous, nail-biting journey, or a slight annoyance, for readers who want to catch their breath from the ever suspenseful life of C.
They are a very energetic band - perhaps the reason singer Vinnie Caruana insisted on relaying such prolonged, yawn- inducing tales between songs was so his mates could catch their breath.
A utopian city is not an investment for those who catch their breath with each stock market dive.
When summer ended and campers were back at school, directors returned to the home office to catch their breath and begin planning next summer's season.
Approximately 5,000 people in the United States will die this year because they can't catch their breath.
The pullback can be an ordinary retracement as new buyers catch their breath, or it could be a trend-changing event.
They're getting better, but with this schedule they don't have a chance to catch their breath.
The senior indices marked time for an hour to catch their breath and then rallied steadily into the close as oil prices plummeted over $2 over the course of the day, ending below $49.
William Ivey Long's bright and tacky costumes and Paul Huntley's wig and hair design help keep the tone firmly grounded in camp, and choreographer Jerry Mitchell rarely lets these kids catch their breath.