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Second wind

British pronunciation/sˈɛkənd wˈɪnd/
American pronunciation/sˈɛkənd wˈɪnd/
Second wind

the ability to breathe freely during an intense physical activity, particularly after becoming exhausted

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What is the origin of the idiom "second wind" and when to use it?

The idiom "second wind" originated from the world of sailing, where it referred to a sudden burst of wind that propels a ship forward after a period of calm. However, It can also be used metaphorically to express a renewed sense of ease or comfort in breathing after a period of exertion, such as during exercise or physical activity. It is generally used in informal or figurative language.


the renewal of one's energy or endurance that allows one to continue or start over a physical exertion

1Have I got a second wind?
2And, secondly, does Barack Obama have sort of a second wind, a second burst of policy creativity?
3I got my second wind, and now it's finish time.
4He was having his second wind of nostalgia playing Madison Square Garden or Radio City with the acts of his era.
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