breather breather  /b ˈri ðər/


  1. (n) a short respite
  2. (n) air passage provided by a retractable device containing intake and exhaust pipes; permits a submarine to stay submerged for extended periods of time


  1. Mad Men, refusing to take a breather even for its likely slew of awards, airs an original episode.
  2. In the tense months since three days of violent confrontations in April between mostly black protesters and mostly white police, many cops seem to have taken a breather.
  3. Specialist Matthew Braddock takes a breather from the pound of pork ribs he's packing away to show off his prosthetic leg.


  1. What summer break?

    Some teachers look forward to summer vacation when they can take a breather and rela.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Marietta Times

  2. WWE Payback 2013 Results: The Shield Retains the WWE Tag Team Titles

    Daniel Bryan opened the match with a series of kicks.  Reigns was worked over Bryan before Bryan exploded again with another comeback, tagging in Orton.  Rollins was tagged in as well.  Orton hit a power slam on Rollins followed by a suspension DDT.  The Shield was able to take over the match after Rollins slid to the outside for a breather.  Reigns and Rollins took turns working over Orton ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  3. What goes up ... stocks open lower after sharp rally Thursday

    Stocks slipped at the open Friday, with investors taking a breather following a sharp rally that propelled all three major averages by more than 1 percent each, as concerns remained over whether central banks will pare back their stimulus programs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened slightly lower, dragged by DuPont, following a sharp 1 percent rally in the previous session. The S&P 50 ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS


  1. ...Sen. Chris Dodd, who ushered the overhaul legislation through the Senate's health committee last year after the death of health reform champion Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, said Obama and lawmakers could "maybe take a breather for a month, six...
    on Jan 23, 2010 By: Chris Dodd Source:

  2. "It's tough out there. It's US Open conditions," Perry said. "There's no breather holes out there."
    on Mar 19, 2009 By: Kenny Perry Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I think it just provided me with an opportunity to take a breather and realize that I had a lot of passion for playing left in me," Kapler said during a conference call. "That said, I also learned a lot of lessons about how to be strong...
    on Jan 12, 2009 By: Gabe Kapler Source: International Herald Tribune

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