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at the last gasp

Fig. at the very last; at the last chance; at the last minute. (Refers to someone's last breath before death.) She finally showed up at the last gasp, bringing the papers that were needed. We got there at the last gasp, just before our names were called.
See also: gasp, last

gasp at someone or something

to inhale sharply in surprise or shock at someone or something. I gasped at the sight that lay before me. I saw how weary Denise looked and I gasped at her.
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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

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

gasp something out

to utter something, gasping. She gasped the words out haltingly. Dan was just able to gasp out the instructions before he passed out.
See also: gasp, out

the last gasp of something

the end of a particular period or process This period witnessed the decline and last gasp of the British Empire.
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achieved at the last possible moment (always before noun) And with only a minute left, Brinkworth scored a last-gasp equaliser bringing the score to 2-2.

last gasp

The moment before death; also, the end. For example, "Fight till the last gasp" (Shakespeare, 1 Henry VI, 1:2), or He was determined to stay at the party until the last gasp. This idiom alludes to taking one's last breath, literally (first example) or figuratively (second example). [Late 1500s]
See also: gasp, last
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And Crowe isn't the only star who has left Stone gasping for breath.
Pat later learned that gasping, also called agonal breathing, is relatively common in victims of cardiac arrest.
Gasping during cardiac arrest in humans Is frequent and associated with improved survival.
One of the occupiers was hanging out of an upstairs window gasping for breath.
The baby then started to build on this agonal gasping - that is to say, it increased in frequency.
But TV viewers were just left gasping as good sports Ruby and Jo squeezed into tiny shorts and T-shirts.
The same network can generate normal breathing, gasping and sighing," he says.
Stunned, I looked up to see a surreal collection of chuckling faces as I lay gasping for breath, wondering who had lashed out at me and why.
At least when the morning e-newspaper reports that the last forest has been cut down, we'll all have our very own hard copy to show everybody while we're gasping for breath.
BEN Elton's first play, Gasping, offers a frightening view of the future which is horribly believable.
The nightmarish truth and its fanciful spin, as examined here, will leave you, literally, gasping for breath.
Neonatologist Dr Michael Munro, 41, said he injected the infants who were gasping for breath after seeing the torment of their distraught parents.
With top marketing girl, Kirsten, on the case it should leave the whole world gasping for more - and that's exactly what happens.
In Tokyo, its citizens were GASPing so they banned all traffic on a Sunday.