hold one's breath
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- Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see hold, one's, breath. To keep air in one's lungs, pausing noticeably before exhaling after previously inhaling.
- (idiomatic, usually in a negative) To wait expectantly for something to happen soon.
- He might pay back the money he borrowed without you reminding him, but I wouldn't hold my breath.
- 2021 October 6, Christian Wolmar, “Both sides must work together to get London back on track”, in RAIL, number 941, page 35:
- It would be nice to think there are grown-ups in the Government ready to sort out the mess for the sake of London and its people... but I'm not holding my breath.
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