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take a breath

To inhale and then exhale. I can tell that you're just a bit too upset to talk about this. Why don't you take a breath, calm down a bit, and then we'll discuss it. I've loved my son more than life itself ever since he took his first breath.
See also: breath, take
References in classic literature ?
Medlock looked rather discomfited by her apparent indifference, but, after taking a breath, she went on.