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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
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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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I was stunned in that moment by an awareness of order and union: the snake at my fingertips had been a living creature, drawing breath as I draw breath, taking air into its body.
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.
Incredibly, John Humphries of all people was overwhelmed by the non-stop tirade Boris delivered without drawing breath.
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.