To wait with bated breath
is there an equivalent spanish idiom? It means to wait with great anticipation and to feel very excited or nervous while you wait. It's mostly used either in very serious situations, or else as hyperbole, exageration.
Like: "I've been waiting with bated breath to hear how you did on your tests"
or "We were waiting with baited breath for the prizes to be announced."
My Gran Diccionario Oxford gives
con el corazón en un puño, en vilo;
for the phrase->with bated (not baited) breath.
To wait with baited breath = esparar con el aliento que apesta como un pez muerto To wait with bated breath = esparar con el corazón en un puño (per Janice's entry)
Forget communication, expanding horizons, connecting with other cultures -- the ability to write stuff like this is what makes learning Spanish all worthwhile.
To wait with baited breath = esparar con el aliento que apesta como un pez muerto
To wait with bated breath = esparar con el corazón en un puño (per Janice's entry)
Which one you decide to use -- like so many things in language -- is going to depend largely on context. For instance, if you are referring to someone who is excitedly awaiting something, then go with option two. On the other hand, if you are referring to someone that has just eaten an anchovy pizza or a can of sardines, then go with option one.