take a breather

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take a breather

To take a short pause or hiatus (from something). You can go ahead on the hike if you want, I'm going to stop here and take a breather. The senator is taking a breather from his campaign to spend some time with his family.
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Godwin Asifo, Quartey's adviser, said the fighter spent the year tending to his businesses in his native Ghana and simply taking a breather.
Balancing the technical and economic pictures is important in determining whether investors are merely taking a breather, and some profits, or whether some 'key reversals' may portend a top before January.