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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

To rest so as to be able to continue an activity.
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They worked out that, where R is rolls, L is loops, M is moments to catch breath.
It was deadly dull in the first period but there was hardly a moment to catch breath in the closing quarter of the match as Falkirk deservedly collected all three points to leapfrog Inverness and move to within two points of leaders Queen of the South.
In his eagerness to finish the contest, Reid inflicted a low blow which saw proceedings halted for Adamovitch to catch breath.
The visitors barely had time to catch breath before Williams masterminded the second goal with a pass which Brodie drove home from 15 yards.
There was barely time to catch breath when the lead was doubled amid more shambolic defending.
At last many students will have gained the grades and accepted their places, so now is an ideal opportunity to catch breath and look forward to student life and - of course - putting in some serious study.
The players will return from the US this morning and there will be time to catch breath and assess their work.
In normal circumstances, the weekend would provide much needed chance to catch breath, but the chance would be a fine thing for the Blues, who have now crossed the border to play River Plate - champions of Argentina on 33 occasions - in Edmonton.
I decided I would not carry on milking cows past my 50th birthday,' explains the man who became president of the NFU four months ago and has hardly had the chance to catch breath since.
ROBERT ELSTONE has barely had chance to catch breath since he took his new role, but he has been quick to pay tribute to those who have helped make the switch seamless.
It keeps building before a slight pause to catch breath and then bang, it hits you right in the chops.
AT last thousands of A-level students have gained the necessary grades and accepted their places at university, so now is an ideal opportunity to catch breath and look forward to college life and, of course, putting in some serious study.
THOUGH there is no game to look forward to this weekend, a chance to catch breath might just work in Everton's favour.
In fact so dazzling was the line-up that you hardly had time to catch breath as the icons and the family favourites rolled by.