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Meaning of with bated breath by Wiktionary Dictionary

with bated breath


    From the verb bate, alteration by aphesis of the verb abate, meaning 'to reduce' or 'lessen' .


    • ( RP, US ) IPA: /wɪð ˈbeɪtɪd ˈbrɛθ/, SAMPA: /wID "beItId "brET/


    with bated breath ( not comparable )

    1. Used other than as an idiom: holding one's breath.
    2. ( idiomatic ) Eagerly; with great anticipation .
      We are waiting with bated breath for the release of the new version .

    See also

    • Discussion of the phrase
    • "With bated breath" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004 .