second wind


Definition of second wind

: renewed energy or endurance

Examples of second wind in a Sentence

The sight of the finish line gave the runners a second wind. He suddenly got his second wind and was able to complete the project on time.
Recent Examples on the Web Those efforts have become a second wind for the talented and charismatic storyteller, who’s harnessed a lifelong love affair with food into a second career as a social media influencer from her far North Side home near La Cantera Resort & Spa. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio influencer Michelle Barrera, @michellesipsandsavors: A behind-the-scenes look at her kitchen and cooking IRL," 12 May 2021 Of course, sometimes the best way to get a creative second wind may indeed be to switch jobs, or even pursue a new career. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Eleven Madison’s all-vegan menu was motivated by more than climate concerns," 7 May 2021 After outsmarting Zhilan to recover the missing scabbard, Nicky and Henry — who capped their latest mission with a passionate good-night kiss in Henry’s car — have gained a second wind. Max Gao, Vulture, "Kung Fu Recap: Solidarity," 5 May 2021 Williams’ 200 time, although slightly wind-aided (2.1 meters per second wind at his back) is in the top 10 nationally based on lists coming into Saturday’s competitions. Buddy Collings,, "Record-setting sprinters star in region track," 1 May 2021 Then after coming out of halftime trailing by 11, the Spartans scored the first four points of the second half and appeared to be catching their second wind. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has two days to solve issues against Michigan," 5 Mar. 2021 The president-elect has prioritized science, public health, and effective management of the pandemic, giving doctors and other health care workers a second wind. Suzan Song, STAT, "As the pandemic rages, demoralization deflates health care workers," 19 Dec. 2020 Salvia ‘Mystic Spires’ and penstemons ‘Raven’ and ‘Rich Ruby’ typically seem to get a second wind and bloom enthusiastically this time of the year. oregonlive, "These plants will bring fall color and fragrance to Oregon gardens," 6 Nov. 2020 Cleveland has given a second wind or a third or fourth wind. cleveland, "Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera celebrates 50 years on television: ’It’s been quite a ride’," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of second wind

1824, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2021

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“Second wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of second wind

: a feeling of new energy that allows you to continue to do something after you had begun to feel tired

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Medical Definition of second wind

: recovered full power of respiration after the first exhaustion during exertion due to improved heart action

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