as I live and breathe
Originally a reference to the fact that the speaker’s statement is as true as the fact that the speaker is alive (see sense 2).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /æz aɪ ˈlɪv n̩ ˈbɹiːð/
- (General American) IPA(key): /æz aɪ ˈlɪv n̩ ˈbɹið/
- Used to express surprise at something one is witnessing.
- 1992, Örn, “When the Footprints Become Covered with Snow”, in Kirsten Wolf and Árný Hjaltadóttir, transl., Western Icelandic Short Stories, Winnipeg, Man.: University of Manitoba Press, →ISBN, page 138:
- Well, well, as I live and breathe, it's Svend! My, what a great and dangerously huge fellow you have become!
- (dated) Used to declare the truth of something with emphasis.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see as, I, live, and, breathe.
used to express surprise at something one is witnessing
used to declare the truth of something with emphasis