puff and pant

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puff and pant

To breathe very heavily or laboriously. He sat puffing and panting for several minutes after sprinting to catch the bus. You really should quit smoking—look at how you're puffing and panting after a single flight of stairs!
See also: and, pant, puff

ˌpuff and ˈpant/ˈblow

(informal) breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort: Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate.
See also: and, blow, pant, puff
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said Joseph, with a most killing tenderness; and was no doubt about to follow up this artful interrogatory by a question still more tender (for he puffed and panted a great deal, and Rebecca's hand, which was placed near his heart, could count the feverish pulsations of that organ), when, oh, provoking
All of the Handelsbanken Grey Street team were involved in one way or another providing route maps, arranging evening meal locations and organising the welcome home as well as running the bank while the more energetic members of staff puffed and panted their way from Whitehaven to Sunderland on the famous Coast2Coast (C2C) route.
The Babyshambles frontman, 28, was cheered on by his loyal supermodel girlfriend Kate Moss as he puffed and panted his way around the pitch.
DAISY the hen must have puffed and panted to produce this monster egg.
While most of the rest of Britain was still in its scratcher yesterday, Mel donned a natty orange tracksuit and puffed and panted her way through a training session in London.