Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

second wind

second wind
1) a second burst of energy, an additional boost
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    • I was tired, but I got a second wind and kept going
  • Analysis
    A 'second wind' is a noun used to describe a renewed energy or drive to continue something difficult. In sport, a 'second wind' is also known as 'runners high' and refers to the ability of someone to breathe easily after being out of breath or a rush of energy. "I was feeling tired and just about to give up on this when I got a second wind and now I'm almost finished." This is more likely to be heard in a social context.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm too tired to go to dinner tonight, but if I get a second wind after this coffee, I might go.
    2. She was about to go to bed, but then she got a second wind and an hour later, she was dancing around.
    3. On the final lap of the race, everyone was slowing down; but John got his second wind and picked up the pace.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We were all tired and demotivated coming towards the end of the project but we seemed to get a second wind of motivation to push us over the line.
    2. I don't think we are going to get a second wind this evening, lets call it a day and get some rest.
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