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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.
Once outside the walls of the Emerald City he dashed along the road to the West with fast and violent leaps that shook the breath out of the boy and filled the Scarecrow with wonder.
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.
hold your hand!" roared Robin with what little breath he had left.
'Does--the one--that wins--get the crown?' she asked, as well as she could, for the run was putting her quite out of breath.
She stopped with a little choking breath. Nancy, looking at her apprehensively, saw that her small chin was quivering, and that her eyes were full of tears.
After he had seated himself, she fixed her eyes steadfastly upon the veil, but could discern nothing of the dreadful gloom that had so overawed the multitude: it was but a double fold of crape, hanging down from his forehead to his mouth, and slightly stirring with his breath.
'Let me get my breath!' he said, unfastening the kerchief with which he had tied the collar of his fur coat at the village.
And, ere I knew, I was bending over her, and as her sweet breath came and went I whispered: "Grace o' God, I am here.
"If I have enough breath left with which to reach that little house, I may be saved," he said to himself.
"'I felt his breath on my face!' cried Daddy Jacques.