in the same breath

in the same breath  {adv. phr.}
1. At the same time; without waiting.
John would complain about hard times, and in the same breath boast of his prize-winning horses.
Jane said Bill was selfish, but in the same breath she said she was sorry to see him leave.
2. In the same class; in as high a group. — Usually used in the negative with "mention", "speak", or "talk".
Mary is a good swimmer, but she should not be mentioned in the same breath with Joan.
Categories: time {adv. phr.}