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take a deep breath

To pause for a moment to compose or calm oneself. Often used literally (as the act of exhaling is thought to promote calmness). I started to get stressed about my presentation, but then I took a deep breath and realized I was completely prepared. You're OK. Just take a deep breath and sit for a minute before you get up.
See also: breath, deep, take

take a deep breath

pause in order to gather your thoughts or calm yourself before taking important action.
2005 USA Today What does the small business do when the engine that drives its business backfires? There are several steps to take. First, take a deep breath and don't do anything sudden.
See also: breath, deep, take
References in classic literature ?
So the Frog took a deep breath, and blew and blew and blew, and swelled and swelled and swelled.
I planted a smile on my face and took a deep breath as I listened to 'I like to wash everything at 30 degrees, which washing powder are you using, have you put too much in?
Of course I'm going to be upset but as soon as I get back on the rubber, I don't know if anybody saw it, I took a deep breath and I was fine.
The US president took a deep breath and blew out the candles in one go as city mayor Richard Daley looked.
Hearing him clearly for the first time and understanding every nuance of his erratic Spanish, she took a deep breath, taking in the scent of the bar.
And then, much like some USC boosters need to, Carroll actually took a deep breath.
On the teacher's instructions, the senior attached a disposable mouthpiece to the device, took a deep breath and blew.