from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to stop, as from labor, in order to breathe or rest; to recruit or refresh one's self.
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They had a little more space now that they had gained this comparative haven at the side of Miss Eelen's chair to take breath and look about them, and shake themselves free of the crowd.
"Floss," he began, when they stopped to take breath again, "once I saw a little boy with a hoop.