hold one's breath
phrasal 1. to prevent oneself from breathing temporarily 2. to wait in anxious anticipation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hold one's breath — {v. phr.} 1. To stop breathing for a moment when you are excited or nervous. * /The race was so close that everyone was holding his breath at the finish./ 2. To endure great nervousness, anxiety, or excitement. * /John held his breath for days… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold one's breath — {v. phr.} 1. To stop breathing for a moment when you are excited or nervous. * /The race was so close that everyone was holding his breath at the finish./ 2. To endure great nervousness, anxiety, or excitement. * /John held his breath for days… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hold one's breath — ► hold one s breath cease breathing temporarily. Main Entry: ↑breath …   English terms dictionary

  • hold one's breath — phrasal 1. : to cease breathing momentarily (as from fear) 2. : to be in extreme suspense held her breath all during the examination for fear the child would not pass * * * hold one s breath 1. To refrain from breathing temporarily 2. To wait in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hold one's breath — stop breathing for a moment when one is excited or nervous I had to stop and hold my breath while I was waiting for the announcement of the winning names …   Idioms and examples

  • hold\ one's\ breath — v. phr. 1. To stop breathing for a moment when you are excited or nervous. The race was so close that everyone was holding his breath at the finish. 2. To endure great nervousness, anxiety, or excitement. John held his breath for days before he… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hold one's breath — cease breathing temporarily. → breath …   English new terms dictionary

  • hold one's breath — verb To wait, as if breathlessly …   Wiktionary

  • hold one's breath — be excited; be anxious; be nervous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • catch one's breath — breath, stop for a breath; stop one s breath, hold one s breath …   English contemporary dictionary

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