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Hold back, as breath (4)


I believe the answer is:


'hold back as breath' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

This is the entire clue.

(Other definitions for bate that I've seen before include "contention for old poet" , "Lessen" , "Rage; beat the wings" , "decrease" .)

I've seen this clue in the Newsday.
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