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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
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Zavala, who had been home for the holidays, was a member of the Alpha Kappa Delta Phi sorority at San Jose State where she had the nickname ``Chug a Bug'' for her habit of frequently gulping water from a bottle she always kept on hand, said Ann Tampol, the sorority's president.
Other whales leapt from the water and slammed onto otters, stunning them before gulping them down.
Perhaps chain-smoking cigarettes and gulping wine from a bottle during a performance might have been cool a decade ago when Guns N' Roses was the biggest band in the world.
Some vertebrates, including blowfish and several species of birds, try to scare off potential predators by gulping air to inflate their bodies or throats.
Toledo admitted to gulping this week when it was reported that a similar drill might land Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary in legal trouble.
Martha Thomson, 42, of Canoga Park followed Rockwell's advice, taking a dip in a neighbor's pool while ``religiously gulping iced teas.
No, I'm not talking about Jerry Seinfeld; I'll let the media finish collectively gulping its St.
People should not start gulping selenium pills, though, until the findings are replicated in a second study, researchers cautioned.