Hello and welcome to VOA Learning English’s Words and Their Stories!
Every week, we bring you some common words, expressions and idioms used in the United States.
Today we are going to breathe, Breathe in, Breathe out.
Breathing keeps us alive.
Deep breathing can lower our blood pressure and calm an over-active mind.
Today, we visit the seaside as we explore many expressions that have to do with breathing.
Two friends are taking a much needed break from work.
We join them as they sit on the beach, burying their feet deep in the sand.
This morning they are taking scuba lessons.
They breathe in the cleaning ocean air.
And they breathe out the frustrations of the work they left behind.
This is the life!
I am so glad we took this vacation.
Sitting here listening to the ocean and the seagulls, I can finally breathe easy.
No work for the next 14 days!
That’s breathing easy!
Work was killing me.
Right up until I left for the airport, my boss was there … breathing down my neck the whole time.
‘Yes, boss, I finished the report.
Yes, I contacted the client.
Yes, I submitted the proposal.’
Advertising is such a non-stop industry.
Bosses need to know that it doesn’t help to breathe down someone’s neck.
People need a little breathing room to get things done.
That is the truth.
Well, I am breathing a sigh of relief to finally be away from work.
Hey, how are things with your job?
Several months ago, I was so busy working on a political campaign that I hardly had time to breathe.
I know,I didn’t see you for months during that campaign.
I wondered when you were going to come up for air.
And working with politicians … that can be challenging.
They start to breathe their own fumes.
In what ways are they breathing their own fumes?
They believe what the public and media say about them.
They won’t listen to anybody and they think they know best.
I don’t have to deal with that type at my office.
But one colleague of mine is really getting on my nerves.
She sucks all the air out of the room.