breathe into (something)

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breathe into (something)

1. To exhale into something, such as a container, device, or (in the case of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) another person's mouth. In an effort to calm myself down, I tried breathing into a paper bag. The doctor asked me to breathe into a special device.
2. To figuratively revive and revitalize something that has become dull or stale. In this phrase, a noun is used between "breathe" and "into." The new CEO's creative approach really breathed new life into that failing company.
See also: breathe

breathe something into something

to revive something; to introduce something new or positive into a situation. Her positive attitude breathed new life into the company. The project breathed a new spirit into the firm.
See also: breathe

breathe into something

to exhale into something; to expel one's breath into something. I was told to breathe into a tube that was connected to a machine of some type.
See also: breathe