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gulp for air

Fig. to eagerly or desperately try to get air or a breath. Tom gulped for air after trying to hold his breath for three minutes. Mary came up out of the water, gulping for air.
See also: air, gulp

gulp something back

Fig. to force or hold back tears, sobs, etc. He gulped his sobs back and clutched at his wound. He gulped back his sobs.
See also: back, gulp

gulp something down

to drink all of something, usually quickly. He gulped his coffee down and left. He gulped down his coffee.
See also: down, gulp
References in classic literature ?
But the unthreshed sheaves remaining untouched seemed countless still, notwithstanding the enormous numbers that had been gulped down by the insatiable swallower, fed by the man and Tess, through whose two young hands the greater part of them had passed.
He gulped down something to drink and lit a cigarette.
He gulped down some water out of a glass standing near, bent over the table, in order to hide his face from the audience, and recommenced.
She stared at him with an ashen face and gulped twice before she could speak.
He paused, gulped it down, obediently, and continued.
She gulped down the Ode to Aphrodite during the Litany, keeping herself with difficulty from asking when Sappho lived, and what else she wrote worth reading, and contriving to come in punctually at the end with "the forgiveness of sins, the Resurrection of the body, and the life everlastin'.
Your mother"--he gulped again--"you don't know them as well as I do.
He stopped speaking and only gulped down the risings in his throat.
Me savvee you good fella, Seelee," Sheldon said, as the chief gulped down a quarter-tumbler of raw trade-gin.
Neat, man, neat," he warned Bertie, who gulped down a tumbler two-thirds full of the raw spirits, and coughed and choked from the angry bite of it till the tears ran down his cheeks.
They gulped the stuff down with many facial expressions of delight, followed by loud lip-smackings of approval, though the liquor was raw enough and corrosive enough to burn their mucous membranes.
and straightway comes over the water from some distant cove the same password repeated, where the next in seniority and girth has gulped down to his mark; and when this observance has made the circuit of the shores, then ejaculates the master of ceremonies, with satisfaction, tr-r-r-oonk
Pike robbed him of half a fish one night, and gulped it down under the protection of Buck.