take a breath

idiom

: to pause and rest
(US) I've barely had time to (stop and/to) take a breath since they got here.
(British) I've barely had time to draw breath since they got here.

Examples of take a breath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Steve Kaye Oro Valley, Ariz. :: Can everybody just take a breath? Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 There are a variety of factors that can influence the ability to take a breath: allergens, air pollution and even climate change. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2024 He was charged with DWI, driving while ability impaired and refusing to take a breath test. Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, 18 Mar. 2024 This interruption does not act as a deterrent, only a chance for the person to take a breath before carrying on about Aunt Matilda’s hip replacement, Jimmy Carter’s secretary of state, etc. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, 30 Apr. 2024 Every year, Swire Properties chooses a different design or architectural practice to create this space, which serves as a cocoon for their VIP guests to take a breath and form connections. Kissa Castañeda, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Picnic tables along the way to stop and take a breath. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Ito opens proceedings with an unusual trigger warning, advising any viewers unnerved by the traumas raised in her film to close their eyes and take a breath. Guy Lodge, Variety, 26 Jan. 2024 The calf swam up in the background, just as Iliya was preparing to head back to the surface to take a breath. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2024

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“Take a breath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20breath. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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