hold one's breath
  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see hold, one's, breath To keep air in one's lungs, pausing noticeably before exhaling after previously inhaling.
  2. (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.
  • French: retenir son souffle
  • German: den Atem anhalten
  • Portuguese: prender a respiração
  • Russian: затаи́ть дыха́ние
  • Spanish: aguantar la respiración, contener el aliento

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