under one's breath

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(breθ) noun
1. the air drawn into, and then sent out from, the lungs. My dog's breath smells terrible.
2. an act of breathing. Take a deep breath.
ˈbreathless adjective
having difficulty in breathing normally. His asthma makes him breathless; He was breathless after climbing the hill.
ˈbreathlessly adverb
ˈbreathlessness noun
hold one's breath
to stop breathing (often because of anxiety or to avoid being heard). He held his breath as he watched the daring acrobat.
out of breath
breathless (through running etc). I'm out of breath after climbing all these stairs.
under one's breath
in a whisper. He swore under his breath.

breath is a noun: He held his breath .
breathe is a verb: He found it difficult to breathe .
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ANSWERS: 1 Tina Turner; 2 France; 3 A mirage alternating between an inverted and a distorted image; 4 Hamlet; 5 Rowland Hill; 6 Princetown; 7 Rowing, at Henley Royal Regatta; 8 Speaking under one's breath; 9 Goldie Hawn; 10 Professor Anthony Clare.