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 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 The mine, long a source of controversy and litigation, was seen by many as getting a second wind under the Trump administration. Star Tribune, "Corps: Alaska mine would have adverse impacts on salmon site," 24 Aug. 2020 One thing that comes close to rivaling a runner's high (or second wind) is the satisfaction of snagging a really good deal on brand new workout gear. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Score Up To 40% Off A New Workout Outfit," 25 June 2020 Variety reports that the comedy series, based on Barris’ real-life family, is getting a second wind. Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "Despite Mixed Reviews, '#blackAF' Gets A Second Season At Netflix," 23 June 2020 Then, at the end of February—after four months of unprecedented dimming—the star got a second wind. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "This Fading Star Wasn’t on the Brink of Death After All—It Was Just Dusty," 13 Mar. 2020 Let’s raise a glass to the hope that such retro views have changed — and also to this heroic comic novel that’s not only still alive but getting a second wind. Susan Coll, New York Times, "A Love Letter to Old-Fashioned Department Stores," 11 Feb. 2020 Then the blue chip index got its second wind after President Trump declared a state of emergency over the pandemic. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "U.S. markets surge on Trump’s emergency coronavirus declaration after wild day of trading," 13 Mar. 2020 But upon getting the third out, Garza promptly found her second wind. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Unbeaten Atascocita trips up Lady Mavs 5-3," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of second wind

1824, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of second wind was in 1824

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11 Sep 2020

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“Second wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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