the condition of waiting for something to happen; subdued breathing due to high emotions
With bated breath, they went to the mailbox every day.
1933; based on bate meaning 'to moderate, restrain'
We all may have waited with bated breath for Wiig's big, first post-Bridesmaids, post-SNL star vehicle.
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.