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"wheeze" in British English

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wheezeverb [I]

uk   /wiːz/ us   /wiːz/
to make a high, rough noise while breathing because of some breathing difficulty: I could hear the old man behind me wheezing. I know when I've been smoking too much because I start to wheeze when I run for a train.
wheezy
adjective uk   /ˈwiː.zi/ us   /ˈwiː.zi/
He took a few wheezy breaths.

wheezenoun [C]

uk   /wiːz/ us   /wiːz/
  • wheeze noun [C] (BREATH)

a high, rough noise made when someone cannot breathe easily: The cough, wheeze, and shortness of breath are things that go with smoking, not with age.
  • wheeze noun [C] (PLAN)

UK old-fashioned informal a clever and often unusual idea or plan, especially one that is intended to achieve a profit or some other advantage: As a part of their latest marketing wheeze they're giving away tickets for the concert. So the public actually pay to feed the animals in the zoo? That seems like a good wheeze. I've had a wheeze - why don't we put both kids in the small room and that will leave the back room free.
(Definition of wheeze from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wheezeverb [I]

us   /hwiz, wiz/
to make a noise while breathing because of some breathing difficulty: Since I started exercising regularly, I no longer wheeze when I run for a train.
(Definition of wheeze from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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