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Since the literal translation is not common in German you should search for other idioms that would fit better depending on context, like one of these: "Ihr stockte der Atem" (surprised/shocked) "Ihr blieb der Atem weg" (surprised/awed) "Ihr schlug das Herz bis zum Hals" (nervous/scared) "Ihr fiel das Herz in die Hose" ...


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I'd favor Ben trat ins Zimmer und ihr Herzschlag setzte für einen Moment aus. Für einen Moment would emphasize the temporary nature of her surprise – in fact she might have been shocked that much that her heart would not start to beat again. However, the difference to Michael's answer is very subtle and most readers / listeners would understand it in ...


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In the context of fright or fear common German idiomatic expressions are: Ihr stockte vor Schreck das Herz. Ihr blieb vor Schreck (fast) das Herz stehen.



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