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breath

noun
 
 
/breθ/
AIR [U] B1 the air that comes out of your lungs: His breath smells of garlic.Breathing and stopping breathing
ACTION [C] B2 the act of breathing air into or out of your lungs: She took a deep breath before she started.Breathing and stopping breathing
be out of breath B2 to be breathing quickly because you have been running, walking fast, etcBreathing and stopping breathing
catch your breath; get your breath back to rest for a short time until you can breathe regularly againCalming and relaxingStaying and remainingWaiting
under your breath If you say something under your breath, you say it very quietly so that other people cannot hear it.Ways of talking
hold your breath B2 to keep air in your lungs and not let it out: How long can you hold your breath under water?Breathing and stopping breathing
don't hold your breath humorous something that you say in order to tell someone that an event is not likely to happen: He said he'd phone, but don't hold your breath.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
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