He was out of breath.Dear teachers,
Would you be kind enough to help me to interpret the word in bold in the following excerpt from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”?
"I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and crying in the same breath; and making a perfect Laocooen of himself with his stockings. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world. Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!"
He had frisked into the sitting-room, and was now standing there: perfectly winded.
I know by the way two contradictory meanings (a common occurrence in English language)
· To cause to be out of or short of breath.
· To afford a recovery of breath: stopped to wind and water the horses.
I stumbled at that ambiguity.
Thank for your efforts.
Student or Learner