don't hold your breath

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Suggesting that if one were to hold one's breath while waiting for the expected event, one would die before it happened


don't hold your breath

  1. (idiomatic, imperative) "Don't wait." Said cynically to suggest that what has just been mentioned to is unlikely to happen soon or at all.
    - The government says it's going to introduce free meals for all schoolchildren.
    - Huh, don't hold your breath.