catch (one's) breath

(redirected from catch their breath)

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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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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With this he departed, an easy victor, and again went whistling on his way, while the three outlaws rubbed the meal out of their eyes and began to catch their breath again.
Every stump that started up in their path seemed a man and an enemy, and made them catch their breath; and as they sped by some outlying cot- tages that lay near the village, the barking of the aroused watch-dogs seemed to give wings to their feet.
They ran all the way to his building, a few blocks away, and stopped at the door to catch their breath. A young man in a dark suit, a white dress shirt, and a slim and fashionable tie was running right beside them, and, all out of breath, he asked if he could come up to their place and have a glass of water.
In an interview in late January with AdvisorOne in Boston, Daniels, managing principal of field development, characterized 2010 as a "year of consolidation" for many reps who were able to finally catch their breath after the markets and economic crisis of 2008-2009, which had led to a good recruiting year for many BDs in 2009.
Current champion Chris Hollins was presenting the show when he told Kelly and her dance partner Matthew Cutler to catch their breath after their first dance, a jive.
(5) Clinton sophomores Jeremy Nelson (left) and Nick Rixford catch their breath during a timeout.
Nomads were rocked when first Mark Griffiths netted straight from the kick-off and then Gavin Cadwallader grabbed a second before the stunned Deesiders had time to catch their breath.
Olympic Synchronized Swim Team catch their breath at the Coral Reef National Monument.
'We're just talking about a slight touch.' The industry has been growing at such a fast clip, he says, that manufacturers need some time to catch their breath.
There is no way PSV will score four times at Anfield and I would expect another resounding triumph with Jamie Car-ragher and Steven Ger-rard given a chance to catch their breath.
Party leaders, campaign workers and political consultants in the Garden State barely have time to catch their breath. In 2007, every seat in the state legislature will be on the ballot, and Democrats are concerned about losing some seats in the General Assembly, where they hold a 49-31 edge, and perhaps their 22-18 majority in the Senate.
But the crew barely had a chance to catch their breath after the successful event before they were summoned to the seas.
A spokesman at Southampton's Royal South Hants Hospital said: "Some men opted for a 10 minute sit down to catch their breath.
The detours can be a welcomed rest stop on an adventurous, nail-biting journey, or a slight annoyance, for readers who want to catch their breath from the ever suspenseful life of C.L.