Meaning of before one has time to draw breath in English:

before one has time to draw breath

(also before one can draw breath)

phrase

British
  • Before one can do anything.

    ‘we were frogmarched off to meet him before we had time to draw breath’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Show some people a hammer and they will be nailing shelves to the wall before you can draw breath.’
    • ‘Before you can draw breath the media are reporting doom and gloom in bucketloads.’