catch one's breath

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Related to catch one's breath: bated, in the same breath
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Verb1.catch one's breath - take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
intermit, pause, break - cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch"
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The series is now level with three to play but there is little time to catch one's breath, with the next encounter for opponents seemingly intent on carving every ball to or over the rope scheduled for the Ageas Bowl tomorrow.
In fact, it is hard to catch one's breath as it progresses.
There's a midway break to catch one's breath (several couples heading outside together for a cigarette, which bodes well for their chances