catch your breath

1) to stop breathing suddenly for a short time because you are surprised or impressed

beautiful scenes that make you catch your breath

2) to take time to start to breathe normally again after physical exercise

I had to stop about halfway up the hill and catch my breath.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • catch your breath — catch (your) breath 1. to stop breathing for a moment because something surprises or frightens you. I caught my breath when I saw the scar on her face. 2. to rest for a moment after doing physical exercise and wait until you can breath regularly… …   New idioms dictionary

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  • get your breath (again) — get your ˈbreath (again/back) idiom (BrE) (also catch your ˈbreath NAmE, BrE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • get your breath (back) — get your ˈbreath (again/back) idiom (BrE) (also catch your ˈbreath NAmE, BrE) …   Useful english dictionary

  • breath — W2S3 [breθ] n [: Old English; Origin: brAth] 1.) a) [U] the air that you send out of your lungs when you breathe ▪ Leo could smell the wine on her breath. ▪ Let your breath out slowly. ▪ He s got bad breath (=breath that smells unpleasant) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • catch breath — catch (your) breath 1. to stop breathing for a moment because something surprises or frightens you. I caught my breath when I saw the scar on her face. 2. to rest for a moment after doing physical exercise and wait until you can breath regularly… …   New idioms dictionary

  • catch — catch1 W1S1 [kætʃ] v past tense and past participle caught [ko:t US ko:t] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(take and hold)¦ 2¦(find/stop somebody)¦ 3¦(see somebody doing something)¦ 4¦(illness)¦ 5 catch somebody by surprise/catch somebody off guard 6 catch somebody… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • breath — [[t]bre̱θ[/t]] ♦♦♦ breaths 1) N VAR: oft poss N Your breath is the air that you let out through your mouth when you breathe. If someone has bad breath, their breath smells unpleasant. I could smell the whisky on his breath... Smoking causes bad… …   English dictionary

  • catch — catch1 [ kætʃ ] (past tense and past participle caught [ kɔt ] ) verb *** ▸ 1 stop and hold something/someone ▸ 2 stop someone escaping ▸ 3 find and arrest ▸ 4 (hunt and) stop animal ▸ 5 get on public vehicle ▸ 6 discover someone doing something… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breath — /breT/ noun 1 AIR YOU BREATHE a) (U) the air that you take in and out of your lungs when you breathe: Paul smelt the cigarette smoke on her breath. | bad breath (=breath that smells unpleasant) b) the process of breathing in and out: Her breath… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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