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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The grotesque squat shape, with the knob of the head as if rammed down between the square shoulders by a blow from a club, moved vaguely in a circumscribed space limited by the two harness-casks lashed to the front rail of the poop, without gestures, hands in the pockets of the jacket, elbows pressed closely to its side; and the voice without resonance, passed from anger to dismay and back again without a single louder word in the hurried delivery, interrupted only by slight gasps for air as if the speaker were being choked by the suppressed passion of his grief.
Therefore, the blood supply is reduced, muscles contract, heart rate goes up as more oxygen is pumped into the blood and the affected person gasps for air. While healthy people are able to acclimatise to the sudden change, those with chronic illnesses or heart conditions must avoid pouring ice water on themselves.
Viewers also complained to makers Granada about the scene where David has his arms tied, is held under the water and gasps for air before Charlie releases him.
He gasps for air in summer when walking as if his air passage is restricted but has no problem in the winter.
So how come after Devers crosses the finish line she pants and gasps for air? She needs to replenish her body with the oxygen it didn't get during the race.
Viewers also complained to makers Granada about a scene in which David has his arms tied, is held under the water and gasps for air before Charlie releases him.