live and breathe

live and breathe

Meaning

  • I’m confident.
  • I’m certain.
  • definitely.
  • for sure.
  • something extremely important to someone.
  • passionately enthusiastic about something.
  • fixated.
  • preoccupied.

Example Sentences

  1. I’ve never seen such a beautiful view as I live and breathe.
  2. As I live and breathe, she has bought a new vehicle.
  3. As I live and breathe, it’s John Smith!
  4. She lives and breathes music.
  5. When he does a film, he lives and breathes it.
  6. He has an incredible passion for horses. He lives and breathes them.
  7. My son has lived and breathed his sport for ten years.
  8. She loved scouting and has lived and breathed it for many years. 
  9. I have friends who live and breathe professional and college games.
  10. I live and breathe Boston. 
  11. You can have it if you keep living and breathing.

Origin

People generally use this idiom to emphasize that a statement is true. It has been in use since the mid-1600s. Sometimes people simply say, “I live.” Arthur Murphy used the idiom in the 1756 play The Apprentice (2:1). People say it with a slight sense of surprise and use it as an intensifier. They also say it when experiencing or seeing something surprising.

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