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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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]
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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 ?
At such times the man fairly caught his breath at sight of the horrid depths below them, for Tarzan took the easiest way, which often led over a hundred feet above the earth.
He paused, he stammered, he caught his breath between the words, and he blurted out in little blunt phrases all the hopes of his heart.
The boy recoiled a step, and caught his breath, for the thing hit him rather sudden; but the aspect which he took on was very, very respectful.
Penn changed colour and caught his breath with a click.
exclaimed Becker as he caught his breath after the feat.
He asked if I could push his wife into the park while he caught his breath as he suffered from angina.
He ran round the back, she ran in the front and left two hours later - just as Mick caught his breath probably.
While Choi caught his breath, stayed in the game and hit a decisive grand slam, Rolen left the game clutching his left shoulder and will miss four to six weeks.
Baden, who moved up to the 10K race this year, feigned disappointment at his 45-minute finish as he caught his breath at the finish line.