breathe

[ breeth ]
/ brið /

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

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

Idioms for breathe

Origin of breathe

1250–1300; Middle English brethen, derivative of breath

SYNONYMS FOR breathe

OTHER WORDS FROM breathe

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH breathe

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

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