as I live and breathe

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as I live and breathe

Wow! An expression of surprise or amazement. As I live and breathe! I haven't seen you in years!
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As I live and breathe!

Fig. How amazing! (Said on seeing or experiencing something surprising.) As I live and breathe, here we are again! Well, as I live and breathe, it's Harry Smith!
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as I live and breathe

For sure, definitely, as in As I live and breathe, I've never seen a more beautiful view. This expression is generally used to emphasize the truth of a statement and has been so used since the mid-1600s, although sometimes it was put simply as as I live. However, the complete phrase was also used early on, as in Arthur Murphy's 1756 play The Apprentice (2:1): "As I live and breathe, we shall both be taken, for heaven's sake let us make our escape."
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