not hold (one's) breath

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not hold (one's) breath

To not expect that something will happen and therefore to not wait or take action as if it will. The electrician said he'd be here before noon, but I won't hold my breath. She wrote a letter of complaint to the airline asking for a refund, but she isn't holding her breath.
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I would not hold your breath for Edna or Les Prince Charles jokes about Harry's baby names at an Australia House event attended by Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson creator Barry Humphries What next...
[USA], Oct 17 (ANI): If you think that sustainable forest management can be a major contributor to mitigating climate change, then you better not hold your breath. A new study has found that managing Europe's forests to maximise carbon sequestration has a negligible effect on the global climate.
Get in touch Hopefully, next year, STV will show that other famous Wembley game - do not hold your breath for that.
I thought that when General "Walt" and the new Minister came onboard they would launch Operation Reform, but as indicated in the articles by Les Peate and Colonel Pat Stogran in your Volume 22, Issue 1, "Do not hold your breath."
As for a real EU launcher policy - something that is close to the Commission's heart - do not hold your breath. The conclusions call on the Commission to look into the issue further - which is polite talk for "thanks but no thanks".
And the worry for all Boro fans (even those with blind faith) is that the manager's previous records in this respect were just as bad at Celtic and West Brom, so do not hold your breath in terms of the situation improving next season.
Time will, of course, tell if his latest pronouncements come good, but I would not hold your breath.
So, Mike Warren-Madden, do not hold your breath. Suffocation is final.
I would not hold your breath, because Brown is even more determined to keep the Union together, and of course that would mean the English being sacrificed.
My advice is: Do not hold your breath for quarter from the airlines and check the fine print in your travel insurance.
Having said that, I would not hold your breath in trying to get corporate clients riding around in it.
Do not hold your breath. After the collapse of XL Leisure last September, I am still in correspondence with the CAA and have not received a refund on our spoiled holiday.
Do not hold your breath! CHRIS FUSSELL, Woodland Street, Mountain Ash.