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English definition of “in the same breath”
in the same breath
›If you say two things in the same breath, you say two things that are so different that if one is true, the other must be false: You say you're bored and frustrated but in the same breath say you're resigned to staying in the same job.
Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.
by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,