with bated breath

idiom

: in a nervous and excited state anticipating what will happen
They waited for the answer on their application with bated breath.

Examples of with bated breath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As Wall Street waits with bated breath for any hint from the Fed about its next moves, Piegza’s boss Kruszewski issued a warning from his that things could get worse. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 5 June 2024 The chefs who don’t see their restaurant on the runner-up list are likely waiting with bated breath for the June 5 ceremony in Sin City. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 22 May 2024 At first, there was a lot of talk about time limits and rappers being on the clock as the hip-hop community waited with bated breath for Kendrick to respond. Angel Diaz, Billboard, 7 May 2024 Contenders waited with bated breath in the seconds before the official decision was made. Emma Bowman, NPR, 4 May 2024 Wall Street has been waiting for months with bated breath to see when—or even if—Powell and his colleagues decide to cut the base rate, currently at a two-decade high. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2024 In the meantime, the teams that frequently use the facility are waiting with bated breath to see what happens next. Grace Hase, The Mercury News, 15 Mar. 2024 The show will recognize the best movies of 2023, as the industry's top writers, actors and executives wait with bated breath to find out who will take home a an Oscar. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 7 Mar. 2024 In August, the world stood by with bated breath as The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White attempted to shoot his shot with Euphoria star Alexa Demie. Jeremy Allen White Innocent!, Vulture, 7 Nov. 2023

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“With bated breath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/with%20bated%20breath. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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