with bated breath
Eagerly or anxiously, as in We waited for the announcement of the winner with bated breath. This expression literally means “holding one's breath” (bate means “restrain”). Today it is also used somewhat ironically, indicating one is not all that eager or anxious. [Late 1500s] Also see hold one's breath, def. 2.
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In the next breath, however, he is decrying the press misinterpretation of his Diana script.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Throughout Christmas eve and day, the world is monitoring with bated breath.
He died in July after being grabbed around the throat by a cop and wrestled to ground where the breath flew out of him.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Every time you see me, you want to mess with me,” Garner exclaimed, short of breath.
His breath became so strained that he was forced to quit his job as a horticulturalist for the parks department.
It was one of those long moments that makes a fellow draw his breath sharp when he thinks about it afterward.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
While you were admiring the long roll of the wave, a sudden spray would be dashed over you, and make you catch your breath!
Cease ye therefore from the man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for he is reputed high.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
He caught his breath, he paused, then stepped within on tiptoe, and the hush of four thousand years closed after him.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
He is on the violin what Liszt is on the piano, and is the only artist worthy to be mentioned in the same breath with him.