With-bated-breath meaning

Used other than as an idiom: holding one's breath.
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(idiomatic) Eagerly; with great anticipation.

We are waiting with bated breath for the release of the new version.

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Origin of with-bated-breath

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

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