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in- +‎ drawing


indrawing (plural indrawings)

  1. an inhale of breath
    • 1910, Myrtle Reed, Master of the Vineyard[1]:
      But--oh," she added, with a sharp indrawing of her breath, "how I did love him!"
    • 1906, Fred M. White, The Slave of Silence[2]:
      The words came with a fierce hissing indrawing of the speaker's breath.
    • 1897, Maud Wilder Goodwin, Flint[3]:
      But the only outward expression they gained was a throwing back of the head, and a deep indrawing of the breath, followed by the quite uninspired exclamation, "Holloa, there's the ocean!"