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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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After he drew breath, I let him know in no uncertain terms that he was wasting police time and, I am afraid, used the old phrase 'Have you nothing better to do?'.
Relieved Swansea drew breath and banged in the game's two goals before half-time from Watkin and Appleby.
Jonathan celebrates Even so, as they drew breath from a 45-match odyssey completed in winning style thanks largely to Kevin Pietersen in a six-wicket stroll at Eden Gardens, there was still satisfaction at a job largely well done to accompany the relief at finally rediscovering how to win.
I mean, if it was me, if it was my daughter or granddaughter, if there was the slightest, tiniest chance she was somehow out there, I would go on looking for her until the last day I drew breath.
Everton will face Colchester at Goodison if they can overcome Chelsea in next week's replay, but it was the Reds' chance to avenge last weekend's defeat to United which drew breath as the draw was made.
As O'Mahony drew breath after an amazing Bank of Ireland All-Ireland final draw he summed up the feelings in the Galway camp by revealing:"It was lost, it was almost won but in the end a draw was probably a fair result."