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 This phrase once meant the same as hold one's breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage no longer current.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 ?
Pollyanna caught her breath with a little gasp, but--as was her habit--she answered the questions literally, one by one.
she whispered, and then she caught her breath quickly in surprise.
Saxon caught her breath and avoided the threatened outburst.
Dejah Thoris caught her breath at my last words, and
A minute later, an old lady needed that bench to sit on while she caught her breath trying to walk up the hill.
It is the greatest sense of accomplishment,'' Blakemore said, as she caught her breath after her run.
As soon as she caught her breath, Russell called her son in Dedham, Mass.
FULLERTON - Everything always came easily to Kellie Cox on the soccer field, so after colliding with the opposing goalkeeper in Cal State Fullerton's 2003 opener, she figured she'd be back in action as soon as she caught her breath.