Definition of breath test in US English:

breath test


  • A test in which a driver is made to blow into a breathalyzer to check the amount of alcohol that has been drunk.

    • ‘Anyone who fails the test is arrested and is required to perform an evidential breath test at a police station.’
    • ‘For control drivers we obtained contact details and results of a breath test for alcohol at the roadside recruitment sites.’
    • ‘The Constable stated that he saw the man get out of the vehicle and provide a positive breath test.’
    • ‘But when they caught me for speeding, they automatically gave me a breath test.’
    • ‘That is the context in the present case: a policeman reporting to another policeman about the results of a breath test.’
    • ‘In those circumstances the request for a breath test was valid and the appellant was properly arrested.’
    • ‘The police did contact the solicitor at the first opportunity after the breath test was completed.’
    • ‘It was the police who put the car keys in the hands of a man registering a .21 on a breath test.’
    • ‘So perhaps there needs to be a system of judging, similar to a breath test…’
    • ‘The breath test became the accepted method for establishing the blood-alcohol level of suspected drunk drivers.’
    • ‘The idea that that a PC might transmit on his radio whilst his partner was administering the breath test was frowned upon.’
    • ‘Police believe he became involved in an argument with a motorist he tried to give a breath-test.’
    • ‘A request was then made by an officer, pursuant to section 2, for a breath test.’
    • ‘She failed a roadside breath test and agreed to go to the police station for a second test.’
    • ‘The cut-off value for the breath test was set at five parts per 1000.’
    • ‘The House held that failure to comply with the instructions in relation to a roadside breath test did not invalidate the test.’
    • ‘Authorities said a breath test administered at a police station showed a blood-alcohol reading of .08 percent.’
    • ‘One of the officers then formed the opinion that he had been drinking and requested him to provide a specimen for a breath test.’
    • ‘At the roadside the respondent was asked to provide a specimen of breath for a breath test.’


[with object]
  • Give (someone) a breathalyzer test.

    • ‘The current approach of wanting to breath test every driver once a year may have to be reviewed.’
    • ‘I can always get you breath-tested in the morning.’
    • ‘He also said the NSC welcomed new laws that would make it easier for gardaí to stop and breath-test drivers.’
    • ‘Does that mean cops don't need to breath test anyone anymore?’
    • ‘The police failed to either breath-test him or arrange for a blood test.’


breath test

/ˈbreTH ˌtest//ˈbrɛθ ˌtɛst/