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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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I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
Give me thy breath, my sister," exclaimed Beatrice; "for I am faint with common air.
But Tip had no breath to speak, so the Saw-Horse continued his wild career unchecked and with unabated speed.
It startled the breath out of me, for an instant; it also showed me that I was lost, and had no sort of idea where I was.
she asked, as well as she could, for the run was putting her quite out of breath.
I do, too," nodded Pollyanna, again with that choking little breath.
So sensible were the audience of some unwonted attribute in their minister, that they longed for a breath of wind to blow aside the veil, almost believing that a stranger's visage would be discovered, though the form, gesture, and voice were those of Mr.
Nikita wished to lead him farther, but Vasili Andreevich, in his two fur coats, was so out of breath that he could not walk farther and dropped into the sledge.
the tree at whose foot I lay had opened its rocky side, and in the cleft, like a long lily-bud sliding from its green sheath, stood a dryad, and my speech failed and my breath went as I looked upon her beauty, for which mortality has no simile.
If I have enough breath left with which to reach that little house, I may be saved," he said to himself.
In one breath she asked hundreds of questions about Mr.
He now sat down again very much out of breath, gasping at his pipe as if it contained a supply of that necessary, without which he must perish.