bated breath


bated breath
bated breath see BATE (Cf. bate) (1).

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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  • bated breath — If someone says they re waiting with bated breath, they re very excited and find it difficult to be patient.( Baited breath is a common mistake.) …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bated breath —     If you wait for something with bated breath, you are both anxious and excited about an imminent event.     We waited with bated breath for the winner to be announced …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bated breath — See with bated breath …   English idioms

  • bated breath —  not baited. Bated is a cousin of abated and so implies something that is withheld …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • bated breath — Synonyms and related words: aspiration, breath, breathy voice, exhalation, little voice, low voice, mumble, mumbling, murmur, murmuration, murmuring, mutter, muttering, sigh, soft voice, stage whisper, still small voice, susurration, susurrus,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bated breath — n. held breath; restrained breathing …   English contemporary dictionary

  • with bated breath — (holding one s breath) in fear or suspense • • • Main Entry: ↑bate with bated breath With breath restrained out of suspense, fear or reverence • • • Main Entry: ↑breath * * * with bated breath phrase worried or excited and paying a lot of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • with bated breath — if you wait for something with bated breath, you feel very excited or anxious while you are waiting. His name wasn t by any chance, Max Peters? Helena asked with bated breath. We were waiting with baited breath for the prizes to be announced …   New idioms dictionary

  • with bated breath — adverb /wɪð ˈbeɪtɪd ˈbrɛθ/ Eagerly; with great anticipation. Or | Shall I bend low and in a bondmans key, | With bated breath and whispering humbleness, Say this; …   Wiktionary

  • wait with bated breath — wait with suspense, want to know what happens    We waited with bated breath for news of the fallen climber …   English idioms


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