catch one's breath meaning

Verb: catch one's breath
  1. Take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    - rest, breathe, take a breather

Derived forms: caught one's breath, catching one's breath, catches one's breath

Type of: break, intermit, pause


[American idiom]
to resume one's normal breathing after exertion; to return to normal after being busy or very active.
I don't have time to catch my breath.
I ran so fast that it took ten minutes to catch my breath.

[American slang]
Fig. to struggle for normal breathing after strenuous activity.
  The jogger stopped to catch her breath.
  It took Jimmy a minute to catch his breath after being punched in the stomach.

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