gasp for breath

gasp for breath

to labor for one's breath. (Usually because of physical exertion.) She ran and ran until she was gasping for breath. The diver finally came to the surface, gasping for breath.
See also: breath, gasp
References in classic literature ?
answered the Saw-Horse, gruffly, and dashed away so suddenly that Tip had to gasp for breath and hold firmly to the post he had driven into the creature's neck.
That cylinder is not lastin' too well," said Lord John with a long gasp for breath.
McGuire's daughter Amber cried out, "Oh, my God," as she watched her father gasp for breath.
London, June 9 ( ANI ): Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has revealed that he had to gasp for breath after he and his teammates were hit with the news of Sir Alex Ferguson's resignation.
During the process, which can take 30 minutes, panicked animals may gasp for breath, try to claw out of the chamber, and even attack each other," says Daphna Nachminovitch, of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told USA Today.
That is, of course, unless you choose to make her gasp for breath once more by wrapping that towel round her neck.
Sometimes we come home with new skills and are stunned as God floods the emptiness, pours over us, drenching our souls, laughing joyously, chuckling, and shaking us as we gasp for breath.
Although, because of the cerebral palsy Tulloch speaks with difficulty -- every two or three difficult syllables are punctuated with a gasp for breath -- she has testified before Congress three times.
If the thin air atop a mountain peak makes you gasp for breath, consider how hard it would have been to breathe during the Archean era, the first 2 billion years of Earth's history.
I woke with a hacking cough each day, and struggled just to get up the stairs at home - I would gasp for breath at the top.
It was lucky they didn't since a brisk walk was enough to make Mantle gasp for breath.