Throughout Christmas eve and day, the world is monitoring with bated breath.
Hawking took 10 minutes to build up the answer on his computer and the audience waited with bated breath.
We all may have waited with bated breath for Wiig's big, first post-Bridesmaids, post-SNL star vehicle.
With bated breath and throbbing heart I watched his slow progress across the open country.
The first words which he said were spoken sacredly, with bated breath.
The very postman and tradesmen only approach it with bated breath.
Dorothy listened with bated breath, then turned quickly to Katy.
And with bated breath they let the dead cart rumble by with its ghastly burden.
To flee was impossible, so with bated breath he stood his ground.
I was kneeling by Jack, and was not intended to hear what all were too hot and excited to guard by bated breath.
"to reduce, to lessen in intensity," c.1300, shortening of abate (q.v.). Now only in phrase bated breath, which was used by Shakespeare in "The Merchant of Venice" (1596).
c.1300, "to contend with blows or arguments," from Old French batre "to hit, beat, strike," from Late Latin battere, from Latin batuere "to beat, knock" (see batter (v.)). In falconry, "to beat the wings impatiently and flutter away from the perch." Figurative sense of "to flutter downward" attested from 1580s.