time to catch breath

time to catch (one's) breath

1. An amount of time needed to resume breathing normally after some prolonged aerobic exercise. Can we stop for a couple minutes? I need a little time to catch my breath—I can't run as fast as you guys! Make sure you give yourself time to catch your breath during the marathon.
2. An amount of time in which one is at rest, either physically or mentally, in order to regain one's composure, become more organized, or begin thinking clearly again. There have been so many things going on all at once lately that I haven't had time to catch my breath! Once we all have a little time to catch our breath, we can start working out a plan for the distribution process.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

*time to catch one's breath

Fig. enough time to relax or behave normally. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) When things slow down around here, I'll get time to catch my breath. Sally was so busy she didn't even have time to catch her breath.
See also: breath, catch, time, to
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