Waiting on me with baited breath

from Talib Kweli – Upper Echelon Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Simply, your girl is waiting on Talib. The term “bated breath” has a rich history in literature and invokes strong oral images. However, the verb “to bate” is now outdated.

Talib places himself amongst the best writers by using a phrase coined by Shakespeare himself and used by Mark Twain.

From “World Wide Words.com” “…Bated breath refers to a state in which you almost stop breathing as a result of some strong emotion, such as terror or awe.”…“Shakespeare is the first writer known to use it, in The Merchant of Venice… Nearly three centuries later, Mark Twain employed it in Tom Sawyer.”

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