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The first words which he said were spoken sacredly, with bated breath.

Dorothy listened with bated breath, then turned quickly to Katy.

In the political clubs, his passing was discussed with bated breath.

Serina listened with bated breath as Horace read the confirmation.

To flee was impossible, so with bated breath he stood his ground.

He waited with bated breath, expecting her amazement, her indignation, her distress.

The knot of spectators around the table watched with bated breath.

In silence they waited with bated breath while the awful moments passed.

All admitted that they did hear some sort of a sound and sat with bated breath.

At night in their cabin she repeated to him with bated breath all she had heard.

WORD ORIGIN

"to reduce, to lessen in intensity," c.1300, shortening of abate (q.v.). Now only in phrase bated breath, which was used by Shakespeare in "The Merchant of Venice" (1596).

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