out of breath


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out of breath

Having difficulty breathing normally; gasping or breathing very heavily. I think Tom's asthma is getting worse—he gets out of breath just going upstairs. I had to run to catch the bus, so I was totally out of breath as I sat down in my seat.
See also: breath, of, out

*out of breath

 and *out of wind
breathing fast and hard; gasping for breath. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) I ran so much that I got out of breath. Mary gets out of wind when she climbs stairs.
See also: breath, of, out

out of breath

Breathing with difficulty, panting, gasping. For example, After five flights of stairs I'm out of breath. This slightly hyperbolic term (since literally running out of breath means one is dead) dates from the late 1500s. Also see catch one's breath.
See also: breath, of, out

out of ˈbreath

not be able to breathe easily after physical effort: I’m out of breath now after running for the bus.
See also: breath, of, out