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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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 ?
I could scarcely catch my breath, so fiercely was I impelled through the heavens.
TUCKING my feet into the special little sack, I barely had time to catch my breath before landing in reception.
I actually had to catch my breath when I saw the pictures of the passengers walking along the wings to safety.
12 : to recover by resting <I need to catch my breath.
Then the news came and I haven't been able to catch my breath.
But when people approach me at my art shows offering heartfelt hugs of gratitude or e-mail me to say, "Oh, my God, your story happened to me, thank you," it helps me catch my breath.
As I paused to catch my breath, I looked at Dayton's face.
In the center, I stop to catch my breath, then with a few more pulls of the saw return through the years to the snow-blanketed forest of today.
1 : to cease moving especially temporarily or for a purpose <I stopped to catch my breath.
It would be a good way to catch my breath between songs - I'd need lots of water though.
Let me catch my breath,'' said Yorke while the crowd cheered.
Not to be outdone, Jordan informs us that jodhpurs do the trick: "While mucking out the horses with my husband he'll peel them off before I can catch my breath.
I just needed a second to catch my breath from running that much.
For her the programs means, ``I get to catch my breath, to recoup my energy, to go to the market more easily and meet with friends and even get simple tasks like housework done.
I was having trouble breathing - I couldn't catch my breath,'' Gennaro said.