gasp for air

gasp for air

to fight for a breath of air. (After one has been deprived of air.) Walter popped to the surface of the water and gasped for air. The injured dog appeared to be gasping for air.
See also: air, gasp
References in classic literature ?
The atmosphere was moist and sticky like mucilage, and in the absence of wind all hands seemed to pant and gasp for air.
You might be in a cold lake but it takes nearly half an hour for the body's temperature to drop from 37C to 35C to cause an individual's death, but the sudden dropping of iced water makes one go into shock and gasp for air and that proves fatal.
He added: "It felt like a lifetime, standing over that young man, watching him gasp for air.
Severe apnea is marked by frequent breathing stoppages that cause a person to gasp for air.
GRIM: Seagulls swoop on dead fish, which can be seen on the lake, while others gasp for air
As you giggle and gasp for air, you breathe in more oxygen.
With your head in my hands you took a last gasp for air,
If the passage closes entirely, no air can get through and breathing stops until the brain rouses the person enough to gasp for air.
Skulls gasp for air in the streets of broken bones,
Margaret added that Tam needed a nebuliser to breathe, had to constantly gasp for air, and would collapse if he tried to walk down stairs.
In some places, I had to force myself to look up and away from the words and gasp for air.
She sits on a green splotch that looks as if something had leaked out of her; her flared nostrils and slightly parted lips seem to gasp for air.
Those who climb out of the confessionals: half-used-up athletes, outside, in front of the portal they gasp for air again, want - as though that were usual - to box with a sun or bend the rain.