catch\ one's\ breath

v. phr.
1. To breathe in suddenly with fear or surprise.

The beauty of the scene made him catch his breath.

Compare: take one's breath away
2a. To rest and get back your normal breathing, as after running.

After running to the bus stop, we sat down to catch our breath.

2b. To relax for a moment after any work.

After the day's work we sat down over coffee to catch our breath.


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  • catch one's breath — {v. phr.} 1. To breathe in suddenly with fear or surprise. * /The beauty of the scene made him catch his breath./ Compare: TAKE ONE S BREATH AWAY. 2a. To rest and get back your normal breathing, as after running. * /After running to the bus stop …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch one's breath — {v. phr.} 1. To breathe in suddenly with fear or surprise. * /The beauty of the scene made him catch his breath./ Compare: TAKE ONE S BREATH AWAY. 2a. To rest and get back your normal breathing, as after running. * /After running to the bus stop …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • catch one's breath — Ⅰ. ► catch one s breath 1) cease breathing momentarily in surprise or fear. 2) rest after exercise to restore normal breathing. Main Entry: ↑breath Ⅱ. ► catch one s breath 1) draw one s breath in sharply …   English terms dictionary

  • catch one's breath — verb take a short break from one s activities in order to relax (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑rest, ↑breathe, ↑take a breather • Derivationally related forms: ↑breather (for: ↑breathe), ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • catch one's breath — idi catch one s breath, to pause so as to rest …   From formal English to slang

  • catch one's breath — breath, stop for a breath; stop one s breath, hold one s breath …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catch one's breath — verb a) To take a break, or rest while doing a strenuous activity, so that ones breathing becomes easier. They stopped for a moment at the end of the set to catch their breath before resuming play. b) To take in a breath sharply and hold it,… …   Wiktionary

  • catch one's breath — stop to rest and regain one s normal breathing After running from the station it took a moment to catch my breath …   Idioms and examples

  • catch one's breath — 1》 cease breathing momentarily in surprise or fear. 2》 rest after exercise to restore normal breathing. → breath …   English new terms dictionary

  • catch one's breath — phrasal to rest long enough to restore normal breathing; broadly to rest after a period of intense activity …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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