take a breather

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take a breather

To take a short pause or hiatus (from something). You can go ahead on the hike if you want, I'm going to stop here and take a breather. The senator is taking a breather from his campaign to spend some time with his family.
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Microsoft took a breather today though, down over 3 1/2 to $106.