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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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The audience, en-masse, sighed and caught breath audibly and the dynamic and fervent pas-de-deux between Tom Ward and Simon Cooper aroused such emotion that, at the final curtain we all (me amongst them) leapt to our feet, weeping tears of real joy.
I lead them to discover the roots of their own feelings so that they are able to free themselves from acting thoughtlessly, guided only by the quickened heartbeat and caught breath of anxiety.
And this demolition job emphasised their claims, closest rivals Watford destroyed before they caught breath.