breath taking

breathtaking

[breth-tey-king]
adjective
thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like: a breathtaking performance.

Origin:
1875–80; breath + take + -ing2

breathtakingly, adverb
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breathtaking (ˈbrɛθˌteɪkɪŋ)
 
adj
causing awe or excitement: a breathtaking view
 
'breathtakingly
 
adv

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breathtaking
1880, from breath + prp. of take. Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864.
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