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Nothing to do with bait, of course (as in, the cat ate a lump of cheese and waited outside the mousehole with baited breath). In fact, BATED is short for ABATED, or ceased; it just means holding your breath. Bated breath is breathing that is difficult because of emotion.

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What does the term waiting with baited breath mean?

It's "waiting with BATED breath". To bate is to reduce, lessen or diminish. Waiting with bated breath implies waiting with such suspense that one is hardly breathing.

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I stood with bated breath as she moved closer to me. With their now much bated paychecks, it was no wonder the employees began to rob the company blind.

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The first public use of it, according to the Oxford Dictionary, was in 1596, in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice: "i. iii. 125 'With bated breath, and whispring humblenesse.'"

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Where did the phrase 'bated breath' originate?

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