One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I took a deep breath’
gulp of air, inhalation, inspiration
pant, gasp, wheeze
2‘I had barely enough breath left to gasp a reply’
3‘the night was still, with hardly a breath of wind’
puff, waft, slight stirring, sigh, faint breeze
4‘not a breath of scandal was ever associated with his name’
hint, suggestion, trace, touch, whisper, suspicion, whiff, undertone
5‘there was no breath left in him’
life, life force, animation, vital force
astonish, astound, amaze, surprise greatly, stun, startle, stagger, shock, shatter, take aback, stop someone in their tracks, leave open-mouthed, leave aghast, dumbfound, jolt, shake up
awe, overawe, thrill
knock for six, knock sideways, floor, flabbergast, blow someone's mind, blow away, knock someone out, bowl over, strike dumb
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