gasp for air

gasp for air

To gasp or pant heavily due to having difficulty breathing, as after strenuous activity or holding one's breath. Kelsey's head popped out of the water, and she started gasping for air. The kids sprinted up the steps and were gasping for air by the time they arrived on the fourth floor.
See also: air, gasp

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
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The atmosphere was moist and sticky like mucilage, and in the absence of wind all hands seemed to pant and gasp for air. The sweat stood out on faces and bare arms, and Captain Davenport for one, his face more gaunt and care-worn than ever, and his eyes troubled and staring, was oppressed by a feeling of impending calamity.
With sleep apnea, you stop breathing temporarily throughout the night as the tissue in the back of your throat relaxes and blocks or partially blocks your airways until you gasp for air. The sleep disruption associated with sleep apnea has long been associated with many unhealthy metabolic changes in the body.
You might be in a cold lake but it takes nearly half an hour for the body's temperature to drop from 37C to 35C to cause an individual's death, but the sudden dropping of iced water makes one go into shock and gasp for air and that proves fatal.
He added: "It felt like a lifetime, standing over that young man, watching him gasp for air. I was helpless.
Severe apnea is marked by frequent breathing stoppages that cause a person to gasp for air. What's more, the disruptions rob cells of needed oxygen, a condition called hypoxia.
If your bed partner notices that you snore loudly or gasp for air while you sleep, or you feel excessively tired during the day, talk to your doctor about an evaluation for OSA.
GRIM: Seagulls swoop on dead fish, which can be seen on the lake, while others gasp for air
"As you giggle and gasp for air, you breathe in more oxygen.
With your head in my hands you took a last gasp for air And then you were at peace and myself in despair.
If the passage closes entirely, no air can get through and breathing stops until the brain rouses the person enough to gasp for air.
Skulls gasp for air in the streets of broken bones,
Margaret added that Tam needed a nebuliser to breathe, had to constantly gasp for air, and would collapse if he tried to walk down stairs.
In some places, I had to force myself to look up and away from the words and gasp for air.