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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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" Most working professionals tend to sit stiff through the day, they hardly breathe and hold their breathe often, which is hazardous," says Atre.
According to Dagar, most of us use only 30 per cent of our lung capacity when we breathe. The good news is that you can steadily build your lung capacity by breathing easy, smooth and slow, over a long period of time.
(10) A child who has a blocked nose or who has a perceived or real difficulty getting enough air will either become obliged to breathe through their mouth rather than through their nose or choose the oral route because it is more comfortable or has become habitual.
who mouth breathe during sleep, snore, or have sleep apnoea, have an increased incidence of learning and behavioural difficulties and show signs of delayed intellectual development, poor impulse control, hyperactivity and altered neural processing.
So when you breathe mindfully, you're bringing your mind back to your body and you become fully present.
The Taoist approach to breath is very different: there is no counting or setting a certain rhythm or telling the intelligence of the lungs how it should breathe. The idea of the Taoist approach is to cultivate the intelligence and the natural spontaneous abilities of the intelligence of the body and of the "spirit of the lungs." The fundamental term "chi" (or qi) means "subtle breath." If you study what I call Chi Kung Fundamentals, you first learn "the five animals do the six healing sounds." That's one form of breathing.
However, during a 13-second, 100-meter race, there's no time for a sprinter to breathe regularly.
To breathe is the very first thing a baby does at the moment of birth.
`As children we breathe freely and easily but as we mature, we pick up bad breathing habits because of our busy, stressful lifestyles,' claims Fenella Lindsell, director and founder of Art of Health in London.
Amphibians like frogs and salamanders can breathe through their skin at birth.
In her 2017 book Breathe , she asks further questions: do you sit in front of a computer all day?
Whether you know it or not, there is a right way and a wrong way to breathe.
Over-breathers tend to breathe from the top of their lungs and often breathe through the mouth rather than the nose and exhale too deeply.