held one's breath


past tense of hold one's breath
as in waited
to remain in place in readiness or expectation of something The audience was holding their breath for the movie's final action scene. Don't hold your breath waiting for that swindler to return your money.

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“Held one's breath.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/held%20one%27s%20breath. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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