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 breaths
a breath of air/wind MAINLY LITERARY
a very small movement of the air
a breath of fresh air
1. ) INFORMAL someone or something that is new, interesting, and exciting
2. ) a short time that you spend outside:
I went outside for a breath of fresh air.
don't hold your breath SPOKEN
used 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 breath
almost unable to breathe:
He lay there in terrible pain, fighting for breath.
get your breath back
to have a short rest after doing something tiring, so that you can start breathing normally again
hold your breath
to breathe in and not let the air out again for some time:
Simon held his breath and dived under the water.
in the same breath
1. ) 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 LITERARY
the moment when someone dies
out of breath
breathing 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 SPOKEN
used for telling someone that they should not give advice to a person because that person will not listen
take your breath away
1. ) to be extremely impressive or beautiful:
It was one of those musical moments that can take your breath away.
2. ) to be extremely shocking
under your breath
if you say something under your breath, you say it in a very quiet way so that it is difficult for people to hear

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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