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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The operator finished his tale quickly, breathlessly.
"I understand--that you were right," she went on a little breathlessly; "but sometimes life is difficult .
Or again, we might choose Peter's defiance of the lions, when he drew a circle round him on the ground with an arrow and dared them to cross it; and though he waited for hours, with the other boys and Wendy looking on breathlessly from trees, not one of them dared to accept his challenge.
"Why were the king and queen not at home?" David would ask her breathlessly.
Torn and bleeding though they were, she worked on breathlessly until she had made an opening through which she could worm her body, and at last she stood outside the enclosure.
Together they scurried to the pavilion and sat breathlessly down under its friendly roof.
This curious habit of addressing the camera is played for laughs in Bobin's breathlessly paced film.
Youthful exuberance romps through Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland's scattershot screenplay, which breathlessly slingshots from Norse mythology and the rootin' tootin' Wild West to a prehistoric land before time and gladiatorial Rome.
Plus, she pointed out, the event wasn't as rare as the stories breathlessly reported.
* In case you didn't notice, or were waiting breathlessly for the news, the NH 603 Alliance has issued its prez endorsement for 2020, and guess who it is?
Screen chemistry between the two leads is molten and you can almost feel the heat in breathlessly choreographed bedroom scenes.
Screen chemistry between the two leads is molten, and you can almost feel the heat in breathlessly choreographed bedroom scenes.