- breath [ breθ ] noun count or uncount ***the air that goes in and out of your body through your nose or mouth:He could feel her warm breath on his face.His breath smelled strongly of alcohol.a. the act of getting air into your lungs by breathing:take a breath: She took a long slow breath to calm down.a deep breath (=a breath that fills your lungs): Take a deep breath and dive into the water.a shallow breath (=a breath in which you breathe only a small amount of air): quick shallow breathsa breath of air/wind MAINLY LITERARYa very small movement of the aira breath of fresh air1. ) INFORMAL someone or something that is new, interesting, and exciting2. ) a short time that you spend outside:I went outside for a breath of fresh air.don't hold your breath SPOKENused for telling someone not to expect something to happen because it probably will not:If you're waiting for him to apologize, don't hold your breath.fighting/struggling for breathalmost unable to breathe:He lay there in terrible pain, fighting for breath.get your breath backto have a short rest after doing something tiring, so that you can start breathing normally againhold your breathto breathe in and not let the air out again for some time:Simon held his breath and dived under the water.in the same breath1. ) used for saying that someone has said two things that cannot both be true:She says the treatment is safe, and then in the same breath says that patients should be warned about possible side-effects.2. ) if you talk about two people or things in the same breath, you mention them together because they are similar:I don't think you can mention his poetry in the same breath as that of Longfellow.someone's last/final breath LITERARYthe moment when someone diesout of breathbreathing fast and with difficulty, for example because you have been running:She was out of breath from climbing the stairs.save your breath or don't waste your breath SPOKENused for telling someone that they should not give advice to a person because that person will not listentake your breath away1. ) to be extremely impressive or beautiful:It was one of those musical moments that can take your breath away.2. ) to be extremely shocking=> BREATHTAKINGunder your breathif you say something under your breath, you say it in a very quiet way so that it is difficult for people to hear=> BAD BREATH, CATCH1
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.