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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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]
See also: breath, catch

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.
Evan said: "This helped me catch my breath and calm down before then trying to swim to safety."
Charlie Kindel, the founder of Amazon's Alexa Smart Home unit left the company on Friday, writing in an email to colleagues that "the pace of the past 5 years has finally gotten to me and I simply need to catch my breath." He added, "I was originally just going to take a temporary leave, but I like the idea of having total freedom of thought to decide what's next in my life," and that "By making a clean break from Amazon all options (including coming back to Amazon) are still on the table." [Reference Link]:[https://ceklog.kindel.com/2018/04/30/friday-was-my-last-day-at-amazon/]
Especially recommended for children ages 5 to 6, "Catch My Breath" is an utterly charming picture book story is all about breath: losing it, trying to find it, even trying to buy it.
Mr Scott-Smith, who served with the Royal Air Force and the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, said: "They were going so fast last year I could hardly catch my breath. All we want to do is to honour people who have died."
The 'Catch My Breath' hitmaker said on the 'Elvis Duran and the Morning Show' that she wants babies right of the bat, Contactmusic reported.
If initial attempts to apply gentle downward pressure to the fetal head do not relieve the dystocia, I take a quick break to catch my breath and remove my hands from the area, to allow my assistants to rotate the maternal pelvis via the McRoberts maneuver.
As I sat trying to catch my breath, my 7-year-old son, Seth, walked in to see what was going on.
I approach the mighty knuckles, four, and catch my breath as, waiting in the last few minutes of the late day gloom, Far above my crick-necked head, with massive, magic majesty, they sweep and loom.
Q I'm 68 and have never smoked, but I sometimes struggle to catch my breath and not just after physical activity.
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.>
woo, need to catch my breath. There's a lot of plot going on.
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. The anger is still there, but now I have the power to transform it into hope.
I couldn't catch my breath. Once my mother calmed me down I was fine and have had no problems since.