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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In the middle of San Antonio’s culinary tumult, even the city’s traditional foods are getting a second wind. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 Credit goes to tax reform and deregulation that are giving the expansion a second wind. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Making America Work Again," 3 Aug. 2018 But the second half break seemed to give the 'Vatreni' a second wind that lasted long enough for Mario Manduzkic to score a historic second goal in extra time and send Croatia into uncharted waters. Juan Pimiento,, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 The human shape moaned again, and that was enough to give Bo his second wind. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Weeks after the historic walkout, the second wind of the unorthodox #RedForEd activism movement is taking shape in lower-profile, more political ways that educators and their supporters say illustrate the teacher revolt’s lasting influence. Ricardo Cano, azcentral, "Arizona's #RedForEd movement evolves into quieter, broader political force," 24 June 2018 In a phone call from Los Angeles, Ms. Union, 45 and married to the N.B.A. star Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, talked about getting her second wind in Hollywood, surviving rape, and critics of Bill Cosby’s accusers. New York Times, "Gabrielle Union Fights Back Onscreen, and in Life," 11 May 2018 But Slinky is getting a second wind, one that send riders through a series of hoops and then back through back-to-back-to-back humpback maneuvers. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney not toying around with Slinky Dog Dash," 28 June 2018 Bush exited the race altogether, rejected by a state that had given his brother, George W. Bush, a second wind in 2000. Philip Elliott, Time, "South Carolina Elections Show Trump Can Hurt. But Can He Still Help?," 14 June 2018

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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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