- As I live and breathe, if it isn't Tom Swift! Where have you been all these years!
- As I live and breathe, you will never marry my daughter!
What does "live and breathe" mean?
The same as below?
live and breathe
◊If you live and breathe something, you spend a great deal of time, thought, or effort on that thing.
▪ She lives and breathes music.
▪ They live and breathe their work.
The first one is used to express great surprise.
Note that phrasing: If it isn't...! instead of the more simple "it's..."