gasp for breath

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gasp for breath

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 breath. The kids sprinted up the steps and were gasping for breath by the time they arrived on the fourth floor.
See also: breath, for, gasp
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gasp for breath

to labor for one's breath. (Usually because of physical exertion.) She ran and ran until she was gasping for breath. The diver finally came to the surface, gasping for breath.
See also: breath, for, gasp
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But perceiving that the elders eyed her doubtfully, she gasped for breath, and again spoke.
We gasped for breath. Stupefaction more than fear made us dumb and motionless.
He gasped for breath and walked restlessly up and down the room.
The words smote heavily on Eliza's heart; the vision of the trader came before her eyes, and, as if some one had struck her a deadly blow, she turned pale and gasped for breath. She looked nervously out on the verandah, where the boy, tired of the grave conversation, had retired, and where he was riding triumphantly up and down on Mr.
Hooray!" but he was weak and rather hysterical; his eyes grew bigger and bigger and he gasped for breath.
Denisov could not speak and gasped for breath. When Rostov asked what was the matter, he only uttered some incoherent oaths and threats in a hoarse, feeble voice.
Corney, hurrying into the room, threw herself, in a breathless state, on a chair by the fireside, and covering her eyes with one hand, placed the other over her heart, and gasped for breath.
Poor Noggs literally gasped for breath as this flood of questions rushed upon him, and moved spasmodically in his chair at every fresh inquiry, staring at Nicholas meanwhile with a most ludicrous expression of perplexity.
A father recounted how he gasped for breath and cowered with his family on the top floors of their apartment building as a choking gas filled the hallway.
"He was lying limp on his dad's knee when I first arrived in the bar.'' The boy's frantic father had tried to dislodge the grape, by holding him over his knee and hitting his back, but as the seconds ticked by Hayden gasped for breath and his face turned blue.
He told the operator he had been attacked and gave vital clues as he gasped for breath.
Recalling his famous Cup winner, Griffin said: "Arms wrapped round me, I was nearly strangled, and gasped for breath as the lads pummelled and smacked my back.
They gasped for breath with tears streaming down their faces and one woman spent 48 hours in hospital at Fuengirola on Spain's Costa del Sol.
As he gasped for breath like a goldfish on the carpet, his wife explained to their child why she was not to do that again.
Kelly Fitzgerald, 18, said William Pettener gasped for breath and turned blue as Avola Humphreys began cramming food into him as he lay asleep after he had refused breakfast or lunch.