gulp for air

gulp for air

Fig. to eagerly or desperately try to get air or a breath. Tom gulped for air after trying to hold his breath for three minutes. Mary came up out of the water, gulping for air.
See also: air, gulp
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I'm ready for all of this though, Noah,' she's telling me, as I gulp for air before it's back under for another freedive through the world according to Alys.
As air breathers, eels must come to the surface every 10 minutes to gulp for air.
The pressure is relentless, it does not stop, every time you gulp for air another 1,000 litres of water comes straight at you and yet you have to learn how to drink just to give you the space to breathe," he says.
On stage, far removed from one-to-one engagements, Williams ambles and drawls through songs - hits even, such as Good Ole Boys Like Me, Amanda, Tulsa Time, and a string of others that have won the 63-year-old regiments of fans who can even gulp for air along with their Stetsonclad hero if needs be.
She seemed to gulp for air at one point and open her mouth to speak, but no sound was heard and she simply nodded her agreement as Mr Chapman spoke of the support they had received from police and the community.
As the skies exploded over Sydney, filling the night with colour and detonating another dance till dawn, the 2004 incumbents Greece were already beginning to gulp for air.