able to breathe again

able to breathe again

1. Literally, capable of inhaling and exhaling without difficulty. Once the climbers returned from the top of the mountain, they felt like they were finally able to breathe again.
2. Figuratively, recuperating from a busy or stressful period of time. After a long, hectic summer, many parents feel like they are able to breathe again once their kids are back in school.
See also: able, again, breathe

able to breathe (easily) again

 and able to breathe (freely) again 
1. Lit. able to breathe clean, fresh air with no restriction or obstruction. After I got out of the dank basement, I was able to breathe easily again.
2. Fig. able to relax and recover from a busy or stressful time; able to catch one's breath. (Able to can be replaced with can.) Final exams are over, so I can breathe easily again.
See also: able, again, breathe

breathe (freely) again

relax after being frightened or tense about something.
See also: again, breathe

breathe (easily/freely) again

no longer need to be afraid, worried, etc: I was able to breathe easily again once I knew the children were safe.
See also: again, breathe
References in classic literature ?
I was able to breathe again freely, after the utter destruction of all my plans for the future, and of all the hopes that I had founded on them.
Bonham made point-blank save and Hill jumped in to clear off the line, and the Blues were able to breathe again when Joyce hooked it away.
I needed to be nebulised to be able to breathe again.
I hope we will see many of the undemocratic laws and policies put in place by the AKP in recent times rolled back; that journalists will be able to breathe again and will no longer have to self-censor their work or live in fear of being arrested for something they have written.
But I was able to breathe again once I realized the battery had depleted and the gasoline engine had kicked in.
But the attempt - Blues' tenth of the half - was parried away for a corner and Sheffield were able to breathe again.
The South African Chamber of Mines' Dick Kruger emphasises the need for more power generating plants: “When the new Medupi power station in Limpopo and the Kusile station in Mpumalanga have been completed, we will be able to breathe again.
We need as an institution and as a culture to be kicked again and again till we shed some rough skin and are able to breathe again.
Jay Brogan almost doubled YMCA's lead a few minutes later with an audacious lob from 18 yards, but HAFC were able to breathe again when the ball rebounded from the bar.
When the Royal Jordanian airlines jet took off for Amman, Palestinian students say they were able to breathe again, but they cried for their Palestinian friends and colleagues still stuck in Libya.
We are all able to breathe again and work together as a band.
HELEN Baker is able to breathe again after her hus-band Peter was finally revealed as Ryder Cup vice-captain this week.
Southgate had been booked already, but Mr Styles was lenient and we were all able to breathe again.
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