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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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All the talk of an improved NATO-European Union partnership is mainly wasted breath. "Intensified strategic dialogue in Brussels" in practice boils down to the chilling specter of interminable joint committee meetings at which one nation's ambassador to NATO explains his government's position to a compatriot diplomat who is accredited to the EU, and vice-versa.
No longer the darting run down dead ends, the desperate chase for the unreachable, the wasted breath on the unobtainable.
All of which was wasted breath. I swear I tried not to come across as a smart aleck or know-it-all, but the guy clearly thought I was clueless, even more so later on when he got his pronghorn.