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How’s Your Breath?

Madison caught it with her breath.

Madison caught it with her breath.

“Madison watched the plot twists of ‘Breaking Bad’ with baited breath.”

All I can say is, “Yuck.” Perhaps Madison was hoping to catch a trout. I’m picturing her with worms or flies in her mouth. Madison has “bated” breath. “Bated” comes from “abated,” meaning “reduced or lessened.” She’s holding her breath, not fishing with it.

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