Definition of before one can or has time to draw breath in English:

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before one can (or has time to) draw breath

Before one can do anything: we were frogmarched off to meet him before we had time to draw breath
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  • Some piercers use a local anesthetic, but a good one will be finished before you can draw breath.
  • The one sure thing you can say about the media, is that they can have it printed before you can draw breath.
  • These ladies are super quick, and will fill your bowl before you can draw breath.
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