verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
- breathe down someone's neck,
- breathe easy,
- breathe life into,
- breathe one's last,
- to be close to someone in pursuit; menace; threaten: Police from four states were breathing down his neck.
- to watch someone closely so as to supervise or control: If everyone keeps breathing down my neck, how can I get my work done?
Origin of breathe
Examples from the Web for breathe
“But I could breathe freely only when the plane took off,” she told me.
I could not breathe.... When I would pass out, they would shake me and begin again.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
JUDNICK: My reaction is so visceral that I immediately, like you, isolate myself so I can breathe.
It's amazing to think that someone in another country might provide you with 140 characters that allow you to breathe.
The time for remorse was when my husband was yelling to breathe!‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture|Michael Daly|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Put him there in the hut," said Jim, beginning now to breathe a little more easily.The Hero of Panama|F. S. Brereton
No, Mary-Ann; I will not threaten you, but breathe their name no more.
Their incessant turbulence gave Egypt time to breathe and to organise new combinations.
The new-comer spoke first; he spoke rapidly and in a low voice, then grasped Hayoue's hand to breathe on it, and held it fast.The Delight Makers|Adolf Bandelier
His business takes him into town every day—he goes by motor-car and comes back at night to breathe pure air.Aladdin of London|Sir Max Pemberton
- to take in air, esp for combustionthe engine breathes through this air filter
- to equalize the pressure within a container, chamber, etc, with atmospheric pressurethe crankcase breathes through this duct
Word Origin for breathe
c.1300, not in Old English, but it retains the original Old English vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathed; breathing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe
- breathe down someone's neck
- breathe easy
- breathe life into
- breathe one's last
- as I live and breathe
- breathing space
- not breathe a word