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If you are in me

My name on your breath

Will surely begin me

Yet end soon in death

I'll shock you when high

I'll please you when low

But fail to defend me

To jail you may go

What am I?

The answer is a single word. Please explain how it relates to each line.

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The answer is:

Charge

If you are in me

If you are in charge...

My name on your breath

Shouting “Charge”...

Will surely begin me

Will start a charge...

Yet end soon in death

Which will not last long but will lead to deaths on one side or another.

I'll shock you when high

If the charge for something is too high, you’ll be unhappy. Alternatively a high electrical charge will provide a shock.

I'll please you when low

But if it’s lower than expected you’ll be pleased

But fail to defend me

To jail you may go

If you are in a criminal court on charges and fail to defend them, you may end up in jail.
An explosive charge can be good in a fight.

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  • $\begingroup$ Correct in every detail! $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Aug 22 '15 at 22:51

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