This week’s idiom of the week is one the Apto team knows well! We’ve been so busy preparing for the kick off of our Phase 2 Beta (and by the way, spaces are still available – sign up here), we haven’t had even a minute to stop and “catch our breath.” A phrase that can be used in a couple of ways, to “catch your breath” can literally mean you are physically exhausted and trying to breathe OR that you just need to take a break from whatever you are doing.
The handy, online Free Dictionary provides the following definition:
Catch one’s breath (see definition)1. Resume normal breathing after physical exertion of some kind, as in These stairs are steep; wait a minute till I catchmy breath. This phrase once meant the same as hold one’s breath-that is, stop breathing momentarily-a usage nolonger current. [Early 1800s]2. Relax, take a rest, as in Events have been moving so fast I’d like to stop and catch my breath.