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 for To breathe one''s last
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Last \Last\ (l[.a]st), a. [OE. last, latst, contr. of latest,
     superl. of late; akin to OS. lezt, lazt, last, D. laatst, G.
     letzt. See Late, and cf. Latest.]
     1. Being after all the others, similarly classed or
        considered, in time, place, or order of succession;
        following all the rest; final; hindmost; farthest; as, the
        last year of a century; the last man in a line of
        soldiers; the last page in a book; his last chance.
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              Also day by day, from the first day unto the last
              day, he read in the book of the law of God. --Neh.
                                                    viii. 18.
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              Fairest of stars, last in the train of night.
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     2. Next before the present; as, I saw him last week.
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     3. Supreme; highest in degree; utmost.
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              Contending for principles of the last importance.
                                                    --R. Hall.
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     4. Lowest in rank or degree; as, the a last place finish.
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     5. Farthest of all from a given quality, character, or
        condition; most unlikely; having least fitness; as, he is
        the last person to be accused of theft.
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     At last, at the end of a certain period; after delay. "The
        duke of Savoy felt that the time had at last arrived."
     At the last. [Prob. fr. AS. on l[=a]ste behind, following
        behind, fr. l[=a]st race, track, footstep. See Last mold
        of the foot.] At the end; in the conclusion. [Obs.] "Gad,
        a troop shall overcome him; but he shall overcome at the
        last." --Gen. xlix. 19.
     Last heir, the person to whom lands escheat for lack of an
        heir. [Eng.] --Abbott.
     On one's last legs, at, or near, the end of one's
        resources; hence, on the verge of failure or ruin,
        especially in a financial sense. [Colloq.]
     To breathe one's last, to die.
     To the last, to the end; till the conclusion.
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              And blunder on in business to the last. --Pope.
     Syn: At Last, At Length.
     Usage: These phrases both denote that some delayed end or
            result has been reached. At length implies that a long
            period was spent in so doing; as, after a voyage of
            more than three months, we at Length arrived safe. At
            last commonly implies that something has occurred (as
            interruptions, disappointments, etc.) which leads us
            to emphasize the idea of having reached the end; as,
            in spite of every obstacle, we have at last arrived.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Breathe \Breathe\, v. t.
     1. To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to
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              To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital
              air.                                  --Dryden.
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     2. To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into.
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              Able to breathe life into a stone.    --Shak.
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              And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the
              ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
              life.                                 --Gen. ii. 7.
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     3. To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to
        whisper; as, to breathe a vow.
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              He softly breathed thy name.          --Dryden.
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              Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse,
              A mother's curse, on her revolting son. --Shak.
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     4. To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe
        odors or perfumes.
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     5. To express; to manifest; to give forth.
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              Others articles breathe the same severe spirit.
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     6. To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing.
        "They breathe the flute." --Prior.
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     7. To promote free respiration in; to exercise.
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              And every man should beat thee. I think thou wast
              created for men to breathe themselves upon thee.
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     8. To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural
        breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.
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              A moment breathed his panting steed.  --Sir W.
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     9. To put out of breath; to exhaust.
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              Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little
              breathed by the journey up.           --Dickens.
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     10. (Phonetics) To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal
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               The same sound may be pronounces either breathed,
               voiced, or whispered.                --H. Sweet.
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               Breathed elements, being already voiceless, remain
     Note: [in whispering].                         --H. Sweet.
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     To breathe again, to take breath; to feel a sense of
        relief, as from danger, responsibility, or press of
     To breathe one's last, to die; to expire.
     To breathe a vein, to open a vein; to let blood. --Dryden.
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