To gather breath

to recover normal breathing after being out of breath; to get one's breath; to rest.
- Gen. xxv. 8.

See also: Gather

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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There was no time to gather breath, however, and Coventry went back in front on 18 minutes as Luke Thomas strode through the Black Cats' midfield and played the ball through for Bakayoko and he slotted his finish past McLaughlin.
She stops for a moment to gather breath, then pulls with all her remaining strength.
He leaned against the gate post to gather breath, continued up the hill on shaking legs.
"We had to lower the rhythm to gather breath, it was impossible to keep up that intensity," he said.
After a brief pause for everyone to gather breath, they all set off on an energy-sapping parade around town as the rest of us lazed on the grass.