bated /ˈbeɪtɪd/


I. adjective (in phrase with bated breath)

1. in great suspense; very anxiously or excitedly

he waited for a reply to his offer with bated breath.
– origin late 16th cent.: from the past participle of obsolete bate ‘restrain’, from abate. / usage: The spelling baited breath instead of bated breath is a common mistake. Almost a third of citations for this idiom in the Oxford English Corpus are for the incorrect spelling.

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