I would urge everyone to take a breath and think back to exactly this time four years ago.
A distraction—if not, perhaps, a breath of fresh air, exactly.
His breath became so strained that he was forced to quit his job as a horticulturalist for the parks department.
Interestingly, the novel is not punctuated once save for commas, and thus the reader might find himself unable to “take a breath.”
Climbing stairs was difficult, he recalls, and he was easily fatigued and often out of breath.
Her voice broke here, but she caught her breath and went right on.
For one breath there was an appalling silence on the mountainside.
The breath was clearly the "element" the lack of which rendered the body inanimate.
"We get a share in all this," Clif heard one of them whisper under his breath.
It was as if they had all been holding their breath till the worst was over.
Old English bræð "odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor" (Old English word for "air exhaled from the lungs" was æðm), from Proto-Germanic *bræthaz "smell, exhalation" (cf. Old High German bradam, German Brodem "breath, steam"), from PIE root *gwhre- "to breathe, smell."
The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
A single respiration.