hold one's breath
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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see hold, one's, breath. To keep air in one's lungs, pausing noticeably before exhaling after previously inhaling.
- (idiomatic, usually in a negative) To wait expectantly for something to happen soon.
- He might pay back the money he borrowed without you reminding him, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
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