say, etc. something in the same breath

in the same breath

1. Of a statement, immediately or almost immediately after something else has been stated, often something contradictory. I don't understand how she can praise the mayor and talk about his scandals in the same breath.
2. In a way intended to compare the two things being discussed. Please don't speak of him in the same breath as George Washington. Gina found it incredibly flattering to be mentioned in the same breath as some of her favorite novelists.
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ˌsay, etc. something in the same ˈbreath

say something which appears to be the opposite of what you have just said: He told me that my work had improved and then in the same breath said that I was lazy.
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