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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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Eddie proposes and as the happy couple drive down the California coast on their honeymoon, Eddie finally draws breath to consider his impetuous actions.
While I've never interviewed Mandelson, friends who have (every journalist I know) reliably inform me that he lies as easily as he draws breath.
Not while Gordon Brown still draws breath, Blunkers.