take one's breath away
Astonish or shock one, with pleasure, surprise, or some other emotion. For example, That beautiful display just takes my breath away. This idiom alludes to the way one holds one's breath when overcome with sudden emotion. [Mid-1800s]
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Something like fluoride, which is too small for normal filters, yanks away that feeling of agency.
In his view, a writer has only one duty: to be present in his books.
Yet this, in the end, is a book from which one emerges sad, gloomy, disenchanted, at least if we agree to take it seriously.
He observes the bodies floating away on the river, pulling on his cigarette with a sneer.
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He alludes to it as one of their evil customs and used by them to produce insensibility.
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