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gulp for air

To breathe in a labored manner, usually because one has been holding their breath. Kelsey's head popped out of the water, and she immediately started gulping for air.
See also: air, gulp
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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