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draw breath

1. To take a break or rest. You keep going while I sit down and draw breath for a minute.
2. To live. No sweeter woman than your mother has ever drawn breath.
See also: breath, draw

draw ˈbreath

(British English) (American English draw a ˈbreath)
1 stop doing something and rest: She talks all the time and hardly stops to draw breath.
2 (literary) live; be alive: He was as kind a man as ever drew breath.
See also: breath, draw
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As you walk over them at night, with the trees and the roof's curve outlined against the stars and sea-blink, you can hear the soft whooshing hiss of the whales drawing breath as they swim up the channel.
Tottenham fell apart as Wayne Rooney equalised in the 67th minute, Ronaldo headed United ahead a minute later and Rooney got the fourth while the crowd were still drawing breath.
Free diving, a growing sport in the UK, is seen as dangerous by some because of the length of time divers spend under water without drawing breath.
The evening is cemented together by a saccharine bio-text that moves effortlessly from Pathos to Bathos without drawing breath.
Striking the front at the next corner, the favourite strolled home, hardly drawing breath, to win with consummate ease by five and a half lengths in 46.
He then chatted her up all the way back to Blighty without drawing breath.