breathe (up)on (someone or something)

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breathe (up)on (someone or something)

To exhale onto someone or something. Quit breathing on me with your germs—I don't want to get sick, too! The engagement ring is so expensive that I'm nervous to even breathe upon it!
See also: breathe

breathe (up)on someone or something

to exhale on someone or something. (Upon is more formal and less commonly used than on.) Please don't breathe upon the food. Don't breathe on me!
See also: breathe, on
References in classic literature ?
Hubert took his place, planted his foot firmly, and fitted a fair, smooth arrow; then, breathing upon his fingertips, he drew the string slowly and carefully.
She was taken to hospital - but she was unconscious and not breathing upon arrival.
The older girl was breathing upon arrival at the hospital but was still considered in critical condition, fire officials said.