in the same breath

[in the same breath] {adv. phr.} 1. At the same time; withoutwaiting.

John would complain about hard times, and in the samebreath boast of his prize-winning horses.

Jane said Bill wasselfish, but in the same breath she said she was sorry to see himleave.

2. In the same class; in as high a group. - Usually used inthe negative with "mention", "speak", or "talk".

Mary is a goodswimmer, but she should not be mentioned in the same breath withJoan.