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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!
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take someone's breath away

 
1. Lit. to cause someone to be out of breath due to a shock or hard exercise. Running this fast takes my breath away. Mary frightened me and took my breath away.
2. Fig. to overwhelm someone with beauty or grandeur; to surprise or astound someone. The magnificent painting took my breath away. Ann looked so beautiful that she took my breath away.
See also: away, breath, take
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take one's breath away

Astonish or shock one, with pleasure, surprise, or some other emotion. For example, That beautiful display just takes my breath away. This idiom alludes to the way one holds one's breath when overcome with sudden emotion. [Mid-1800s]
See also: away, breath, take
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

take your breath away

COMMON If something takes your breath away, it amazes and impresses you. `Tell me again about the picture.' — `It's beautiful. It's so beautiful it takes your breath away.' He had never believed he would come to such power. The more he realized it, the more it took his breath away.
See also: away, breath, take
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
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take somebody’s ˈbreath away

surprise or amaze somebody: It quite took my breath away when they told me how much money I had won. ▶ ˈbreathtaking adj. very exciting; spectacular: a breathtaking view
See also: away, breath, take
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take (one's) breath away

To put into a state of awe or shock.
See also: away, breath, take
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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