- breathe down someone's neck,
- breathe easy,
- breathe life into,
- breathe one's last,
- breathing bag,
- breathing reserve,
- breathing space,
Origin of breather
Examples from the Web for breather
Pleased with the two versions of “San Quentin,” Cash took a breather while Carl Perkins entertained the crowd.Excerpts From a New Johnny Cash Biography Capture His Iconoclastic Genius|Robert Hilburn|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The writers definitely picked the wrong week to give Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) a breather.‘Breaking Bad’ Finale, ‘Homeland’ Premiere: How to Survive DVRmageddon|Jason Lynch|September 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Allow yourself to bask in the glory of scored achievements, taking a breather from attacking new goals.
GEMINI Mercury grinding to retrograde by Wednesday gives you a breather.
I catch up with Kent again as he takes a breather from the tour, back at his flat in St John's Wood, North-West London.
"We'll give the poor beasts a breather now," said Jim, dropping to the ground and going to his father's side.In the grip of the Mullah|F. S. Brereton
So I am going to give Osgood another "breather" on foot instead.The Letters of Charles Dickens|Charles Dickens
He was covered with fluff and looked like a tortoise popping forth for a bit of a breather.Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse
I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.
There, under the lea of the hill, it was necessary to get "a breather," and to gather themselves together for the supreme effort.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
c.1600, "a living creature, one who breathes," agent noun from breathe. Meaning "spell of exercise to stimulate breathing" is from 1836; that of "a rest to recover breath" is from 1901.