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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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The heaving spending of previous campaigns hasn't materialised, everyone's still catching breath after the adventures of the Far East.
After catching breath Coull, who hit the leveller against his former club in 88 minutes, said: "That was incredible stuff out there.
Their blocks were cheerful, murderous, volatile, noisy, and neighborly - village of the street with its streetsongs - but consider: Our nameless great-great-grandmothers lived whole lives in one place, marching each June in procession with the Saint's rib to procure the annual miracle of corn and increase, or catching breath at October's incarnation of maple erupted over goldenrod alongside a fieldstone wall.