don't hold your breath

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Etymology[edit]

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

Phrase[edit]

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.

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