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1. the intake and expulsion of air during respiration
2. the air inhaled or exhaled during respiration
3. a single respiration or inhalation of air, etc

What does it mean when you dream about breath?

Many people have problems breathing during sleep, even if they do not have full-blown apnea, and this can be reflected in one’s dream life. If not an apnea symptom, holding one’s breath in a dream represent an expression of will, or repressing one’s anxieties or emotions. Breathing is also central to an unusually large number of idioms: “a breath of fresh air,” “a waste of breath,” “take your breath away,” “catch your breath,” “out of breath,” and the like, any one of which could find expression in one’s dreams.

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Breathlessly orchestrated action sequences, including a spectacular opening aboard a C-130 Hercules transport plane, are mightily impressive.
Embarrassed, I breathlessly introduced myself and explained why I was calling.
He returned breathlessly, and asked if I could translate for them as they wanted similar pullovers.
He said that the entire Nation was breathlessly waiting for the final verdict over 18th amendment, which should be forthcoming sooner.
Set pieces are breathlessly orchestrated, culminating in an overblown showdown at the dockyards.
Often, the verve is found in a faithful and passionate rendition of one of the classics, such as her breathlessly moving rendition of "Summertime.
Of course, I'm well accustomed to hearing those words breathlessly uttered underneath the mirrored ceiling of my boudoir but it's a rare phrase to encounter in a footballing context.
Bombs away: The Sunday Herald, a small Scottish Nationalist newspaper, reported breathlessly last week that the United States was on the verge of attacking Iran.
A campaign to save the BBC radio station 6 Music was launched this week via Facebook, and news bulletins breathlessly reported that 18,000 people had signed up.
Got to get an ECHO," she jabbered breathlessly before slamming down the phone.
Oh, it's the humourless of the nation grinding their teeth as they watch "the long-haired loafer" swan about his patch of heaven, digging up carrots and breathlessly brushing off his spuds.
Best are Foux du Fafa, which reduces French jazz to a classroom cliche and Bowie, which breathlessly traces his career in three minutes.