take someone's breath away

take (one's) breath away

To cause someone to feel intense, typically pleasant, astonishment or awe. Did you see Kathy's gorgeous new dress? It took my breath away. The play is stunning—it will take your breath away!
See also: away, breath, take

take someone's breath away

inspire someone with awed respect or delight; astonish someone.
1988 Janet Frame The Carpathians The speed of the process took everyone's breath away.
See also: away, breath, take
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