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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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of second wind was in 1824

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“Second wind.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

second wind

: new energy or ability to continue

Medical Definition

second wind

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