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with bated breath

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  • adv. Used other than as an idiom: holding one's breath.
  • adv. Eagerly; with great anticipation.

Etymologies

From the verb bate, alteration by aphesis of the verb abate, meaning 'to reduce' or 'lessen'. (Wiktionary)

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