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breath

  

      n  
1    the intake and expulsion of air during respiration  
2    the air inhaled or exhaled during respiration  
3    a single respiration or inhalation of air, etc  
4    the vapour, heat, or odour of exhaled air  
his breath on the window melted the frost     
5    a slight gust of air  
6    a short pause or rest  
take a breath for five minutes     
7    a brief time  
it was done in a breath     
8    a suggestion or slight evidence; suspicion  
a breath of scandal     
9    a whisper or soft sound  
10    life, energy, or vitality  
the breath of new industry     
11      (Phonetics)   the passage of air through the completely open glottis without vibration of the vocal cords, as in exhaling or pronouncing fricatives such as (f) or (h) or stops such as (p) or (k)  
   Compare       voice       11  
12    a breath of fresh air   a refreshing change from what one is used to  
13    catch one's breath   to rest until breathing is normal, esp. after exertion  
14    hold one's breath   to wait expectantly or anxiously  
15    in the same breath   done or said at the same time  
16    out of breath   gasping for air after exertion  
17    save one's breath   to refrain from useless talk  
18    take one's breath away   to overwhelm with surprise, etc  
19    under or below one's breath   in a quiet voice or whisper  
     (Old English bræth; related to brædan to burn, Old High German bradam heat, breath)  


babies'-breath  
      n      a variant of       baby's-breath  
baby's-breath   , babies'-breath  
      n  
1    a tall Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Gypsophila paniculata, bearing small white or pink fragrant flowers  
2    any of several other plants, such as the grape hyacinth and certain bedstraws, that have small scented flowers  
breath test  
      n     (Brit)   a chemical test of a driver's breath to determine the amount of alcohol he has consumed  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
Couper le soufle/ Avoir le soufle coupé
the shock took my breath away
exp.
1 (referring to taste) ferment, acidify; 2. (fig.) deteriorate, fall apart
1. The milk turned sour. 2. The relation between them turned sour.
exp.
(metaphorically) die
[Fig.]
n.
means a different approach or a welcome change to something. Ex.: anna has lots of wonderful ideas and motivation - she is a breath of fresh air.
[Fig.]
exp.
expression used when referring to something that is unlikely to happen soon (not in the time interval that one can resist holding his breath)
E.g.: "Will the economy recover any soon?" - "Don't hold your breath."
exp.
to take OR turn OR bring something down a notch means to decrease its intensity
n.
a short performance
n.
the point where a minor change turns into a major and irreversible one
[Bus.] E.g. : Some have anticipated that social media would be the tipping point of web marketing.
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.

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