gasp for air

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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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Miles of close wells and pits of houses, where the inhabitants gasped for air, stretched far away towards every point of the compass.
Daniel Braxton scooped the girl up in his arms and started rubbing her chest until she gasped for air and opened her eyes.
As she gasped for air, terri-fied Rachel Hayes said her faithful springer spaniel jumped on her back, dislodging the sweet.
BROADCASTING icon Gay Byrne thought he was going to die as he desperately gasped for air at his home last week.
And they gasped for air while braving bitterly cold water in the dreaded Underwater Tunnel.
"Jamie occasionally gasped for air, which doctors said was a reflex action.
"We're close to the end of the gig," he announced at one point, as he gasped for air. "And maybe the end of my life too."
As he gasped for air, they pulled him up by his hair and smashed metal plates against his ears until blood poured from them.
He started breathing heavily and gasped for air three times before he died.
He struggled to free himself and gasped for air as he kept in contact with colleagues on the surface.
Passengers told last night how they gasped for air as Virgin staff refused to open doors despite the heatwave.
The royal gasped for air and let out a loud "aaaaargh" as he tasted the chilli-laden titbit.
As Gareth Brogden, 18, gasped for air with the package lodged in his throat, one officer said, "Very good play-acting", an inquest heard.