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the air that you send out of your lungs when you breathe
Leo could smell the wine on her breath.
Let your breath out slowly.
breath that smells unpleasant
air that you take into your lungs
Eric came running into the room,
out of breath
having difficulty breathing because he had just been running
She was fat and
short of breath
unable to breathe easily, especially because of ill health
gasp/fight etc for breath
breathe quickly because you are having difficulty breathing
When he reached the top of the stairs, his heart was pounding and he was gasping for breath.
an amount of air that you take into your lungs
take a (deep/long/big etc) breath
breathe in a lot of air at one time
Shaun took a deep breath and dived in.
Do not confuse the noun
with the verb
She took a breath and continued.
I can't breathe in here!
a breath of fresh air
something that is new and different in a way you think is exciting and good
Osborne's play brought a breath of fresh air to the British theatre.
clean air outside, which you feel you need after being inside for a long time
I'm going outside for a breath of fresh air.
don't hold your breath
used to say that something is not going to happen soon
The system's due for an update, but don't hold your breath.
catch your breath
get your breath back
to start breathing normally again after running or making a lot of effort
Slow down, I need to catch my breath.
don't waste your breath
save your breath
used to say that someone will not be able to persuade someone else, so there is no point in trying
Save your breath. She's already made up her mind.
Will he listen to me or will I just be wasting my breath?
take somebody's breath away
to be extremely beautiful or exciting
The view from the top will take your breath away.
under your breath
in a quiet voice so that no one can hear you
'Son of a bitch,' he muttered under his breath.
in the same breath
in the next breath
used to say that someone has said two things at once that are so different from each other they cannot both be true
He criticized the film, then predicted in the same breath that it would be a great success.
if you mention two people or things in the same breath, you show that you think they are alike or are related
I became nervous when the doctor mentioned my mother's name and 'cancer' in the same breath.
in the same breath as/with
a young poet mentioned in the same breath as T.S. Eliot
with your last/dying breath
at the moment when you are dying
With his last breath he cursed his captors.
a very small amount or a sign of something
They did everything they could to avoid the slightest breath of scandal.
a breath of air/wind
a slight movement of air
Scarcely a breath of air disturbed the stillness of the day.
➔ with bated breath
; ➔ draw breath
➔ hold your breath
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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