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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
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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 band, currently on their Arena tour The Sound of Madness, have - without hardly drawing breath - already signed up to a series of outdoor racecourse gigs for next year.
FROM the Proms to Paramount, Gershwin to Gounod, John Wilson, arguably one of the most versatile conductors working today, can take an audience from the swinging boulevardier tunes of old Hollywood to a Bach quartet, almost without drawing breath.
"Drawing Breath" is a novel following the relationship of high school student Caitlin Kelly and her art teacher Daniel Benedetto, who suffers from cystic fibrosis.