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breathe (something) to (someone)

To share information, often that which is supposed to be kept secret. Often used in the negative to encourage silence. And if you breathe a word of this to the cops, we'll come after you. I was told not to breathe news of this to anyone, but I knew I had to tell someone about such serious allegations.
See also: breathe, to

breathe easy

To feel calm or relieved because a stressful situation has ended. With your thesis defense finished, you can finally breathe easy! All week, I was worried about having to give that presentation, so I can breathe easy again now that it's done!
See also: breathe, easy
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

breathe something (of something) (to someone)

to tell something to someone. (Usually in the negative.) Don't breathe a word of this to anyone! I won't breathe a word!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


To be relaxed or relieved, especially after a period of tension.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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* Breathe in slowly through your nose so that your stomach moves out against your hand.
Slow down your breathing To ease pain Most of us breathe at a rate of 12-18 times a minute, but a US clinical study published in the journal PAIN found that slowing down breathing by half can reduce feelings of discomfort.
The air we breathe contains oxygen, which is like music at a party.
They were then asked to either breathe through their noses or mouths for one hour.
One reason why this phenomenon has not previously been available for study is that the most common laboratory animals -- rats and mice -- cannot breathe naturally through their mouths.
"Proper breathing nourishes the cells of the body with oxygen and optimises the functioning of the body on all levels." Studies have shown that conscious breathing exercises such as the 4-7-8 (breathe in for four, hold for seven, out for eight) are beneficial for a wide variety of conditions.
Addressing a PreSymposium Pediatrics Workshop on "Helping Babies Breathe," held at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS), Jamshoro here Tuesday, he said this theme is "the Golden Minute.
So students can be advised to slow deep breathe for five minutes before any class, lecture, seminar or a tutorial session for their better academic performance.
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When you breathe out, imagine you are breathing in peace and breathing out stress.
"A lot of people just breathe If you notice that only your top hand moves up and down as you inhale and exhale, then you're breathing too shallow.
" You breathe differently when you are furious, calm, sleeping or crying.