breath

[ breth ]
/ brɛθ /

noun


Nearby words

  1. breastplate,
  2. breastplow,
  3. breaststroke,
  4. breastsummer,
  5. breastwork,
  6. breath analyzer,
  7. breath group,
  8. breath of fresh air,
  9. breath test,
  10. breath-holding test

Idioms

Origin of breath

before 900; Middle English breth, breeth, Old English brǣth smell, exhalation; akin to German Brodem vapor, steam

Related formsin·ter·breath, adjective

Can be confusedbreadth breath breathe

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British Dictionary definitions for save one's breath

breath

/ (brɛθ) /

noun

Word Origin for breath

Old English brǣth; related to brǣdan to burn, Old High German brādam heat, breath

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Word Origin and History for save one's breath

breath

n.

Old English bræð "odor, scent, stink, exhalation, vapor" (Old English word for "air exhaled from the lungs" was æðm), from Proto-Germanic *bræthaz "smell, exhalation" (cf. Old High German bradam, German Brodem "breath, steam"), from PIE root *gwhre- "to breathe, smell."

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Medicine definitions for save one's breath

breath

[ brĕth ]

n.

The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration.
A single respiration.

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Idioms and Phrases with save one's breath

save one's breath

Refrain from arguing about a lost cause, as in You can save your breath; I'm not going to change my mind. This term was also put as save your breath to cool your porridge (or broth), that is, by not blowing on the too hot liquid. The idea of not expending one's breath to say something another person doesn't want to hear dates from the early 1700s.

breath

In addition to the idiom beginning with breath

  • breathe down someone's neck
  • breathe easy
  • breathe life into
  • breathe one's last
  • breathing space
  • breath of fresh air

also see:

  • catch one's breath
  • hold one's breath
  • in the same breath
  • out of breath
  • save one's breath
  • take one's breath away
  • under one's breath
  • waste one's breath
  • with bated breath
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