breathe

[ breeth ]
/ brið /

verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

Idioms

Origin of breathe

1250–1300; Middle English brethen, derivative of breath

SYNONYMS FOR breathe

Related forms

out·breathe, verb (used with object), out·breathed, out·breath·ing.pre·breathe, verb (used with object), pre·breathed, pre·breath·ing.

Can be confused

breadth breath breathe
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British Dictionary definitions for breathe down someone's neck

breathe

/ (briːð) /

verb

Word Origin for breathe

C13: from breath
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Idioms and Phrases with breathe down someone's neck (1 of 2)

breathe down someone's neck


1

Pursue someone closely; pose a threat to one, as in The immigration authorities were breathing down his neck. [Mid-1900s]

2

Watch or supervise someone very closely, as in The boss is always breathing down our necks. [Mid-1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with breathe down someone's neck (2 of 2)

breathe


In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe

  • breathe down someone's neck
  • breathe easy
  • breathe life into
  • breathe one's last

also see:

  • as I live and breathe
  • breathing space
  • not breathe a word
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