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- adj. Reduced; lowered; restrained; as, to speak with bated breath.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of bate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Reduced; lowered; restrained.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. diminished or moderated
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We also want capital-and I say this in bated breath and whispered humbleness, for there is not altogether lacking some symptom of that kind here.
You knew about "bated" breath but I doubt you have a source for this.
I can't believe someone actually knows how to spell 'bated' breath.
GILLIS: Well, clearly, since the pope is feeble and in the twilight of his papacy, there's a kind of bated breath about who might be the next pope.
In your delusional mind the world waits with bated breath for your next revelation and tweet.
I can almost see the 'bated breath' of the non-contributing, and quite frankly, flat-out lying detractors on this site waiting for Obama to make a significant mistake.
Now I wait with bated breath for the push to repeal DADT! bdbd says:
Now I wait with bated breath for the push to repeal DADT!
She was looking on with bated breath, leaning slightly forward, so keen was her interest, one hand pressed to her breast, her cheek flushed, and in her eyes a great and amazed admiration.
One afternoon he went out with Arthur to the University of California, and, with bated breath and a feeling of religious awe, went through the laboratories, saw demonstrations, and listened to a physics professor lecturing to his classes.