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pant for air

To be completely out of breath and gasping heavily. Boy, I really need to exercise. Just walking up a flight of stairs left me panting for air! The whole team panted for air after the coach made them run sprints.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pant for air

to breathe fast and hard in need of air. The dog was panting for air. I was panting for air after my long climb.
See also: air, for, pant
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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And as he gazed upon the yellow lure, and panted for air, and wiped the sweat away, his quick vision leaped and set to work.
My eyes were beginning to swim, and with wide-open mouth I panted for air. A girl led me by the hand on either side, but my legs were leaden.
He panted for air. The faces and naked arms of the house-boys were beaded with sweat.
Martin and Joe, down to undershirts, bare armed, sweated and panted for air.
While they started in an aerodynamic tuck, low over the handlebars of their carbon-fiber bicycles, by the end of the race nearly all were showing signs of their efforts, as they shifted position to make themselves more comfortable and panted for air. By this time they had cycled 33 kilometers, four grueling laps of the course.