To have relief from difficulty or worry; relax; feel that trouble is gone; stop worrying.
Now that the big bills were paid, he breathed more easily.
His mother didn't breathe easily until he got home that night.
breathe one's last
draw one's last breath
The wounded soldier fell back on the ground and breathed his last.
He drew his last breath yesterday.
Он умер вчера.
catch one's breath
To breathe in suddenly with fear or surprise.
The beauty of the scene made him catch his breath.
To rest and get back your normal breathing, as after running.
After running to the bus stop, we sat down to catch our breath.
To relax for a moment after any work.
After the day's work we sat down over coffee to catch our breath.
down one's neck
breathe down one's neck
To follow closely; threaten from behind; watch every action.
Следовать по пятам; угрожать из-за спины, сзади; пристально следить.
Too many creditors were breathing down his neck.
The carpenter didn't like to work for Mr. Jones, who was always breathing down his neck.
The atmosphere at work isn't great; the boss keeps breathing down our necks all the time.
У нас на работе не самая лучшая атмосфера, начальство постоянно за нами следит.
draw a long breath
take a long breath
To breathe deeply when getting ready to speak or act.
Father asked who broke the window. Jim drew a long breath and admitted that he had done it.
The salesman took a long breath and started his talk.
draw the first breath
Yesterday his baby drew the first breath.
Вчера родился его ребенок.
eat, sleep and breathe something
Быть чем-то увлеченным.
He's an enthusiastic golfer; he eats, sleeps and breathes it!
Он большой любитель гольфа, он для него – все!
hold one's breath
To stop breathing for a moment when you are excited or nervous.
The race was so close that everyone was holding his breath at the finish.
To endure great nervousness, anxiety, or excitement.
John held his breath for days before he got word that the college he chose had accepted him.