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.

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And the team appears to be finding a second wind just as the schedule seems to easing up. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! An embarrassment of MLS riches in L.A.," 20 Aug. 2019 Developers in Dallas' Uptown district have gotten their second wind and are kicking off a new round of construction. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "What’s next in the development of booming Uptown Dallas," 16 Aug. 2019 The first pours from political orators; the second winds around friends at a bar. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Is the Internet Making Writing Better?," 26 July 2019 The Nordex Acciona plant is the second wind turbine blade plant to open in Matamoros over the past year. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Matamoros wind turbine blade plant to supply U.S. and Latin American projects," 17 June 2019 Buy it: Lululemon Basic Balm, $14, After back-to-back days of working out, the dry shampoo gave my oily scalp a second wind. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I Sweat My Way Through Lululemon's New Line of Exercise-Friendly Beauty Products," 11 July 2019 Rihanna, likely recovering from a gnarly hangover thanks to Seth Meyers, got her second wind at the BET Awards on Sunday night. Kathryn Lindsay,, "No One Had A Better BET Awards Show Than Rihanna," 24 June 2019 The battle itself appeared to have entered a light breathing spell during which the Allies can gather their second wind while building up for a stronger thrust. Wes Gallagher, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. TROOPS CAPTURE MONTEBOURG," 9 June 2019 Maybe Durant, who was spotted entering and exiting the non-public portion of Golden State’s practice Sunday, gives them a second wind. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Warriors' wishful thinking on Kevin Durant has been just as destructive as his absence," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of second wind

1824, in the meaning defined above

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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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