- not baited. Bated is a cousin of abated and so implies something that is withheld.
Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors. 2013.
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bated breath — If someone says they re waiting with bated breath, they re very excited and find it difficult to be patient.( Baited breath is a common mistake.) … The small dictionary of idiomes
bated breath — see BATE (Cf. bate) (1) … Etymology dictionary
bated breath — If you wait for something with bated breath, you are both anxious and excited about an imminent event. We waited with bated breath for the winner to be announced … English Idioms & idiomatic expressions
bated breath — See with bated breath … English idioms
bated breath — Synonyms and related words: aspiration, breath, breathy voice, exhalation, little voice, low voice, mumble, mumbling, murmur, murmuration, murmuring, mutter, muttering, sigh, soft voice, stage whisper, still small voice, susurration, susurrus,… … Moby Thesaurus
bated breath — n. held breath; restrained breathing … English contemporary dictionary
with bated breath — (holding one s breath) in fear or suspense • • • Main Entry: ↑bate with bated breath With breath restrained out of suspense, fear or reverence • • • Main Entry: ↑breath * * * with bated breath phrase worried or excited and paying a lot of… … Useful english dictionary
with bated breath — if you wait for something with bated breath, you feel very excited or anxious while you are waiting. His name wasn t by any chance, Max Peters? Helena asked with bated breath. We were waiting with baited breath for the prizes to be announced … New idioms dictionary
with bated breath — adverb /wɪð ˈbeɪtɪd ˈbrɛθ/ Eagerly; with great anticipation. Or | Shall I bend low and in a bondmans key, | With bated breath and whispering humbleness, Say this; … Wiktionary
wait with bated breath — wait with suspense, want to know what happens We waited with bated breath for news of the fallen climber … English idioms