- the air drawn into or expelled from the lungs to provide the generative source for most speech sounds.
- the audible expiration generating voiceless speech sounds, as (p), (k), (sh), etc.
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Idioms for breath
Origin of breath
OTHER WORDS FROM breathin·ter·breath, adjective
Words nearby breath
British Dictionary definitions for save one's breath
Word Origin for breath
Medical definitions for save one's breath
Idioms and Phrases with save one's breath (1 of 2)
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.
Idioms and Phrases with save one's breath (2 of 2)
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
- 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