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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 heaving spending of previous campaigns hasn't materialised, everyone's still catching breath after the adventures of the Far East.
After catching breath Coull, who hit the leveller against his former club in 88 minutes, said: "That was incredible stuff out there.
Their blocks were cheerful, murderous, volatile, noisy, and neighborly - village of the street with its streetsongs - but consider: Our nameless great-great-grandmothers lived whole lives in one place, marching each June in procession with the Saint's rib to procure the annual miracle of corn and increase, or catching breath at October's incarnation of maple erupted over goldenrod alongside a fieldstone wall.