Second wind
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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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second wind definition and meaning

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

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

The idiom "second wind" originates from the world of sports and physical activity. It describes the phenomenon where, after a period of strenuous exertion or fatigue, an individual suddenly experiences a renewed burst of energy, allowing them to continue or start over with a newfound courage. This sensation is similar to having a "second chance" at performing well, as if a new gust of energy has taken over. The phrase has since been used to refer to a renewal of one's courage or energy.

He seemed to falter halfway through the race before finding his second wind.
She gained a second wind during the campaign and turned the opinion polls around.
I was ready to give up on the project, but then I got a second wind and completed it ahead of schedule.
After feeling exhausted in the first half of the game, the team found their second wind and went on to win.
During the marathon, she hit a wall at the 20-mile mark but soon caught her second wind and finished strong.
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