take one's breath away
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British pronunciation/tˈeɪk wˈɒnz bɹˈɛθ ɐwˈeɪ/
American pronunciation/tˈeɪk wˈʌnz bɹˈɛθ ɐwˈeɪ/
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to make someone become really amazed

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to [take] {one's} breath away definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "take one's breath away" and when to use it?

The origin of the phrase "take one's breath away" is not definitively documented. However, the expression likely emerged from the physical reaction people have when they encounter something astonishing or emotionally overwhelming. This expression finds its place in conversations or written expressions related to encounters with breathtaking natural scenery, extraordinary works of art, awe-inspiring performances, remarkable acts of kindness, or significant life events.

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The staggering beauty of the sunset over the ocean took her breath away.
The sheer beauty of the landscape took their breath away.
The splendid view from the mountaintop took their breath away.
The apparent beauty of the landscape took her breath away.
The sight of the majestic waterfall cascading down the rocks was so awe-inspiring that it took my breath away.
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