take a breather


1. take a break






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take a breather from working hard

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To 'take a breather' is to 'take a break'. A 'breather' is a short break to relax or catch your breath. You might use this expression when a discussion is getting heated or becoming difficult to suggest a break so that people can calm down or take a break. Similar in meaning to 'take five'. This is an informal expression used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. Frank's boss advised him to take a breather because he was getting so stressed.
  2. I've been working on this project for ten days straight. I really need to take a breather!

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  1. This has been a very heated discussion, why don't we take a breather and come back to discuss the other items on the agenda?
  2. I'm feeling a bit out of breath after that climb up to the top floor. Do you mind if I take a breather?

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