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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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Not content with strangling the last breath of fun out of the pop charts and turning Glastonbury into a sixth-form campfire singalong, carrotbonced guitar hobbit Ed Sheeran this week decreed that it's time he ballsed up your telly night too.
'Will stand up and fight till the last breath,' he said.
"Our sorrow is great, but our consolation is that we are true believers saying goodbye to a true believer," Karami the son said in his statement, pledging to follow his father's footsteps and policy approaches, in word and deed, till the last breath. "Goodbye to the dearest man in my heart.
"is robbing those that love her with such tenderness, the opportunity of meeting her in her last moments and extending her love in her last breaths." She goes on to say "...that last breath matters - but it was never intended for us to decide when the last breath is breathed." In countries where assisted dying has been legalised, the work in palliative care is years behind countries that it is still illegal.