verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
- 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
Synonyms for breathe
Examples from the Web for breathe
Contemporary Examples of breathe
“But I could breathe freely only when the plane took off,” she told me.Russians Plot Exiled Government in Kiev
December 16, 2014
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
December 12, 2014
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
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of breathe
The winter was somewhat rainy, but of a mild dampness; so the air was pleasant to breathe.The Dream
He tugged at his collar as if to breathe the easier, cleared his throat and began again.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
Thoughts that breathe and words that burn did not drop from his lips as from Danton's.In the Heart of Vosges
Your promise was to be with me in my dying moments, and to let me breathe my last in your arms.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Every little while she had to put her offspring down to rest and give it a chance to breathe.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
- 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