1. take a break
take a breather from working hard
To 'take a breather' is to 'take a break'. A 'breather' is a short break to relax or catch your breath. You might use this expression when a discussion is getting heated or becoming difficult to suggest a break so that people can calm down or take a break. Similar in meaning to 'take five'. This is an informal expression used in both social and professional contexts.