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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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Instead, one has to hold one's breath after being confronted by the odor of the garbage pile, an all-too familiar scent and sight in Lebanon after the close of the Naameh dump on July 17 sparked a trash crisis.
In his 1952 book "The Decisive Moment," the photographer wrote: "To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting reality.
That's probably true, but again it would be inadvisable to hold one's breath. There's probably worse to come as a monumental catastrophe continues to unfold across the Middle East.