take a breather

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v take a breather take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
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Usage

In literature:

The nurse takes the kid out ostensibly to get a breather, and they beat it down here.
"My Man Jeeves" by P. G. Wodehouse
The guests at the big table were leaning back in their chairs taking a breather.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola
I'm goin' to take a breather for a few days an' lay again' 'em next week.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
The great majority of people are shallow breathers, chest breathers, who when told to take a "deep breath" do not know what is meant.
"Resonance in Singing and Speaking" by Thomas Fillebrown
Shells whistled over our heads, and we panted and mopped our brows while taking a breather.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Not long did it take, and then, at a word from Sketchley, all halted for a hurried breather.
"Harley Greenoak's Charge" by Bertram Mitford
Upstairs, in the newsroom, reporters were relaxing at their desks, taking a few minutes' "breather" between editions.
"Swamp Island" by Mildred A. Wirt
We'll take a breather.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
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In news:

Better let's both take a breather .
Rock On: Jerry Sloan, take a breather .
OffTheBus takes a ' breather .
Bonds take a breather after busy week.
Placebo Taking 'Bit of a Breather ' Before Hitting Studio in 2012.
Between calf buyers taking a breather to catch up on calf health challenges and finish farming, prices traded across a wide range.
If you thought you could take a breather from the holidays, think again.
After an afternoon of putting up 469 yards on Lone Peak 's defense in a 35-14 semifinal win, they were taking a well-deserved breather.
Phyllis Koch-Sheras and Marty Rowan take a breather from the dance floor.
The pictures capture moods, moments and memories that deserve to be preserved: teen idol Elvis taking a breather before his next gig at the University of Dayton.
After months of torrid growth, online shopping is taking a breather, according to BizRate.com Inc and comScore Networks Inc.
The post-Tonys summer haze is the time when New York theater tends to take a breather, with fewer high-profile openings until the fall.
It's the annual chance to take a couple of week 'breather' before we ready for the coming Holiday Season.
MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsinites are taking a breather after almost two years of non-stop political campaigns.
UFC lightweight fighter Sam Stout takes a breather while working out in preparation for his upcoming fight Wednesday, April 28, 2010.
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In science:

However, the approach to a new timeperiodic tra jectory of a discrete breather in phase space can take up arbitrarily long times .
Decohering localized waves
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