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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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Fields, who Blackstone thought ``was the funniest man that ever drew breath.
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.
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.
Far from this being just another broken promise by Labour, it now appears that there are at least 882 such Quangos, 40% of which were set up by the Government since 1997,16 of which first drew breath in the last 12 months and at an annual cost to the tax payer of a staggering pounds 124bn.
Tory ministers hardly drew breath after the Railtrack privatisation before announcing their next sell-off.