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hold one's breath

Definition of hold one's breath

  1. 1 :  to hold the air that has been breathed in the lungs for a short time instead of breathing out <How long can you hold your breath?>

  2. 2 informal —used in negative statements to indicate that one does not or should not believe something will happen soon or at all <He says he'll do it, but I'm not holding my breath.> <“She promised to pay me tomorrow.” “Well, don't hold your breath.”>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

    :  to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

    :  to have as a mark of distinction

  1. :  stronghold

    :  confinement, custody

    :  prison

  1. :  the interior of a ship below decks

    :  the cargo deck of a ship

    :  the cargo compartment of a plane

  1. :  air filled with a fragrance or odor

    :  a slight indication :  suggestion

    :  the faculty of breathing

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