catch one's breath

1breathe in suddenly with fear or surpriserest and get back normal breathing 因恐惧或兴奋而屏住呼吸;喘气以恢复正常呼吸

The story is full of surprises which cause the reader to catch his breath.这个故事充满了惊险情节,使读者紧张得透不过气来。

After running to the bus stop we sat down to catch our breath.我们跑到车站后坐下来喘气。

2relax for a moment 放松一下

After a day's work they sat down over tea to catch their breath.工作一天后,他们坐下来喝茶放松一下。