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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

gulp something back

Fig. to force or hold back tears, sobs, etc. He gulped his sobs back and clutched at his wound. He gulped back his sobs.
See also: back, gulp

gulp something down

to drink all of something, usually quickly. He gulped his coffee down and left. He gulped down his coffee.
See also: down, gulp
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4 : to say in a nervous way <"Oops," she gulped.
Daft Barney had gulped down so many stones and other items that he RATTLED.
If the cleaner fish gulped a prawn, though, the researchers snatched away the second plate.
After she gulped it down," the paper reported, "the foreign soldier pulled Helen .
chewed bubble gum, half a million people ate eggs; a million fish swam through soda, and more than a million people gulped big breaths before a race--and then they all farted at the same time.