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Hold his breath for her to apologize

[ 2013-09-04 09:56] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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Hold his breath for her to apologizeHe wasn't going to hold his breath for her to apologize.

My comments:

If you hold your breath, you stop breathing regularly. That’s when you’re very fascinated by something, the last seconds of a horror film, for instance, when the whole thing comes to a climax and an end.

In our case, he thought he was due an apology from her. But he wasn’t so expectant of it that he would be holding his breath for its coming.

In a similar expression, he wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.

In other words, he did not care so much after all.

After all, she might not care to make an apology at all.

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About the author:

Zhang Xin(张欣) has been with China Daily since 1988, when he graduated from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Write him at: zhangxin@chinadaily.com.cn, or raise a question for potential use in a future column.