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BREATH, med. juris. The air expelled from the chest at each expiration.
     2. Breathing, though a usual sign of life, is not conclusive that a child was wholly born alive, as breathing may take place before the whole delivery of the mother is complete. 5 Carr. & Payn, 329; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 344. Vide Birth; Life; Infanticide.

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And I, my dear,' said Rachel, with a tremble in her voice, 'have known him through them all, to be, according to his quiet ways, so faithful to everything honest and good, that if he was never to be heard of more, and I was to live to be a hundred years old, I could say with my last breath, God knows my heart.
In that last outburst of joy her last breath had passed.
And in his last breath reproached me for stooping to a boor
Said with his last breath that he considered service the most honourable part of his career, and so it was.
I have seen a man gasp out his last breath for less.
I tell you she would resist, to the last breath in her body, the vile injustice which has struck at the helpless children, through the calamity of their father's death
It was Karl Yundt who was heard, implacable to his last breath.
A man may destroy everything within himself, love and hate and belief, and even doubt; but as long as he clings to life he cannot destroy fear: the fear, subtle, indestructible, and terrible, that pervades his being; that tinges his thoughts; that lurks in his heart; that watches on his lips the struggle of his last breath.
That if I died to-morrow, I would remember her with my last breath.
There was the very glass he had just drunk from; there lay the ashes from the pipe which he had smoked, as it were, with his last breath.
They said that my uncle was a friend of theirs, that he had died some months before in great poverty in Johannesburg, and that he had asked them with his last breath to hunt up his relations, and see that they were in no want.
She will be a simpleton to her last breath," said the former collector, who, however, dined with her twice a week.