"Draw a breath"

Dear experts,

Will it be right to assume that DRAW BREATH cannot be replaced by DRAW A BREATH in these specific contexts (resp. meanings):

1. pause to rest after exertion; take a break: Then they stoked in silence till Dan drew breath over his tin cup.
2. be relieved after exertion, excitement, etc.: Then the amnesty came and white Africa drew breath again with certain grave reflections left in her head.

Thank you,
Yuri

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