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One who is intensely and aggressively passionate and fiercely determined. Likened to a dragon or other beast able to shoot streams of fire from its mouth. The company's new boss proved to be a real fire-breather, and in just a few months she turned a once-middling local business into a national powerhouse.

mouth breather

Someone who is dimwitted, foolish, or stupid; someone of low or stunted intelligence. Used as an insult. That bully is a such a mouth breather, I bet he has the IQ of a rock.
See also: breather, mouth

take a breather

To take a short pause or hiatus (from something). You can go ahead on the hike if you want, I'm going to stop here and take a breather. The senator is taking a breather from his campaign to spend some time with his family.
See also: breather, take
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


n. a rest period; a lull. (A chance to catch one’s breath.) As soon as we’ve had a breather, it’s back to work.


n. a stupid-acting person. I always end up with a mouth-breather on a blind date.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Sarum Hydraulics has standardised on the safe-fill SFP filler breather allowing easy addition of the FRF basket, dipsticks and the SFW pressurised cap.
Caption: Figure 4: Two breathers to 3D Jimbo-Miwa equation by choosing [p.sub.1] = I, [p.sub.2] = -I, [q.sub.1] = 1 + 7, [p.sub.2] = 1-1, [m.sub.1] = [p.sub.2] = 1, [p.sub.3] = 21, [p.sub.4] = -2I, [q.sub.3] = 2 + 1, [q.sub.4] = 2 - I, and [m.sub.3] = [m.sub.4] = 4.
One can observe from Figure 4(a) that the breathers time periodically propagate on the constant backgrounds; that is, they are the Ma-breathers.
Solve the above equation to get homoclinic (heteroclinic) breather wave solution by using extended homoclinic test approach (EHTA) [28].
A quantitative study was conducted in a sample of 40 white Brazilian boys and girls, with Class II, Division 1 malocclusion, 23 of which were predominantly nose breathers and 17 were predominantly mouth breathers.
"Our breathers incorporate a unique filtration process that provides the much needed protection not available with a standard breather cap," said Jim Waller, president of Des-Case Corp.
The Heavy Breathers, representing Allen & Harburys - Glaxo Wellcome - arrived "home" at The Lawn in Lincoln in two hours 38 minutes after grabbing lifts in a luxury camper-van and a fast sports car.
Thus, we will seek multisolitons, breathers, and collisions between several solitons, respectively, via the Hirota method introduced in [37] and describing the propagation characteristics with figures in the next section.
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Brownell transformer breathers avoid the problem of oil in a conservator tank thickening and deteriorating when the air space above it expands and contracts with climatic variations.