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The men, listening with bated breath, now turned their curious eyes upon the colonel.
If a new building had fallen down and he had been told that this was a divine judgment, he would have said, "May be; but the bearing o' the roof and walls wasn't right, else it wouldn't ha' come down"; yet he believed in dreams and prognostics, and to his dying day he bated his breath a little when he told the story of the stroke with the willow wand.
To lines bated with prawn, soles came, with numerous gambols, to bite.
I still remember waiting with bated breath for Raffles to ask Maguire if he were not afraid of burglars, and Maguire replying that he had a trap to catch the cleverest cracksman alive, but flatly refusing to tell us what it was.
They stand entranced before it with bated breath and parted lips, and when they speak, it is only in the catchy ejaculations of rapture:
His lieutenants had worked so hard from five o'clock until eleven, that they actually had collected a hundred thousand roubles for him, but at such terrific expense, that the rate of interest was only mentioned among them in whispers and with bated breath.
At this all stopped and listened with bated breath, albeit for a time they could hear nothing, their ears being duller than Stutely's.