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    you take my breath away

    In what way can we use this idiom : take my breath away


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    Re: you take my breath away

    "Taking breath away" generally refers to something that occurs that is so awesome or momentous that one literally gasps or holds one's breath. The phrase is often used in the context of something beautiful ie. "That diamond is so gorgeous that it takes my breath away".Ref:forum.wordreference.com

    Neither native, nor teacher..

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    Re: you take my breath away

    Is it used frequently in the US or UK


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    Re: you take my breath away

    I think the expression is common in both countries. In the UK, personally I heard it, I heard it from American films as well.Even in Turkish we have this expression

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    Re: you take my breath away

    Im not aware if we do have a counterpart here in the Philippines.
    Ive heard it in a song, thats all. I read it in the idioms area yesterday, and it appeals much too me. And I would gladly incorporate it in my daily speech.

    Thanks LwyrFirat!


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    Re: you take my breath away

    Diamonds certainly don't do it for me, never have, but then everyone has their preferences.

    A few notable times in my life, women have done this to me. In fact, the idiom & womanhood are, to me, inextricably linked.

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    Re: you take my breath away

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Diamonds certainly don't do it for me, never have, but then everyone has their preferences.

    A few notable times in my life, women have done this to me. In fact, the idiom & womanhood are, to me, inextricably linked.
    You mean that this idiom most likely fits matters pertaining women?

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    Re: you take my breath away

    Quote Originally Posted by LwyrFirat View Post
    "Taking breath away" generally refers to something that occurs that is so awesome or momentous that one literally gasps or holds one's breath. The phrase is often used in the context of something beautiful ie. "That diamond is so gorgeous that it takes my breath away".Ref:forum.wordreference.com
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    That definition omits one quite common usage - in relation to some negative quality such as stupidity or ignorance or rudeness (that is, something that is not actually awesome or momentous, but is - hyperbolically - implied to be that big/significant by the assertion that it takes someone's breath away). This often takes the form of the adjective "breath-taking":

    I have read your article, and was struck by its breath-taking short-sightedness.

    "Taking one's breath away" is commonly used in Br E, and I have no reason to believe it's any less common in Am E.

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    Re: you take my breath away

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    You mean that this idiom most likely fits matters pertaining women?
    For me it does, Blouen.

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    Re: you take my breath away

    Her gracious moves takes my breath away.
    - something like this?

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