Definition of the breath of life in English:

the breath of life

phrase

  • A thing that someone needs or depends on.

    ‘politics has been the breath of life to her for 50 years’
    • ‘She hadn't done it in such a long time and she was longing for it as though it was the breath of life.’
    • ‘She poured some into the cap, cupping it into her hands and inhaling its warmth as if it were the breath of life.’
    • ‘In India, rice is often called the breath of life.’
    • ‘Yours is the house which decides the fate of the land, the house which gives the breath of life to the people.’
    • ‘The political will to use force is the breath of life of deterrence.’