BREATH - part I
2014-03-30 @ 13:13:51
Good morning!
Today, I would like to focus on expressions and idioms regarding the word breath. You will be surprised how many of them you can find. Let us get started.
I think we should begin with definitions of the word breath.
1. The air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs when you breathe: air that is inhaled and exhaled in breathing.
2. The ability to breathe freely
3. An amount of air that you take into your lungs
4. Exhaled air, as evidenced by vapor, odor, or heat
5. A softly spoken sound; a whisper
6. A momentary pause or rest
7. A trace or suggestion

He has bad breath - it means that his breath smells unpleasent.
He has garlic breath. His breath smells like garlic, onion. etc.

Would like a mint to freshen your breath?

His breath on the window melted the frost.

It is so cold outside that I see my breath.

We could smell the alcohol on his breath.
- breath test
- breathalazyer

If you are out of breath, you are breathing very hard because you have been running or doing hard physical work.
I'm a little out of breath from walking up all those stairs.

To catch your breath or in British Egnslish get your breath back is to rest until you are able to breathe normally.
Give me a moment to catch my breath.

Someone who is short of breath or who has shortness of breath has difficulty breathing in enough air especially because of a physical or medical condition.
The patient complains that he's short of breath.
The doctor asked if I had been experiencing shortness of breath lately.

Take a deep breath. It means breathe deeply; take a lot of air into your lungs.

She recited the whole list in one breath. It means that she recited it without stopping to breathe.

His last/dying breath. That is the breath that he took just before he died.

If someone says that you are wasting your breath or tells you to save your breath or to not waste your breath, it means that the things you say will not make someone behave or think differently and that you should not bother to try.
He begged her to go with him, but she told him he was wasting his breath.
You're not going to get him to stop drinking, so don't waste your breath.

If you say two different things in the same breath, or if you say one thing and then something else in the next breath, it means that you say these things very close together.
It's unusual to hear “promotions” mentioned in the same breath as “layoffs.”
She praises their work, then criticizes them in the next breath. [=then immediately criticizes them]

O.K. Let us take a break. More idioms regarding the word breath you will find in the next post.
Take care!

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