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  1. 1
    used for saying that someone has said two things that cannot both be true

    She says the treatment is safe, and then in the same breath says that patients should be warned about possible side-effects.

  2. 2
    if you talk about two people or things in the same breath, you mention them together because they are similar

    I don’t think you can mention his poetry in the same breath as that of Heaney or Hughes.

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