pant for (someone or something)

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pant for (someone or something)

To have a strong desire, yearning, or need for someone or something. It is more evident than ever that the people of this nation are panting for a strong, iron-willed leader who is not afraid to put their needs first. It's a gorgeous house, but it's really panting for some repairs and refurbishments.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pant for someone or something

Fig. to desire or long for someone or something. My heart is panting for you! I am just panting for some interesting news.
See also: for, pant
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A one-armed man, with his head and face tied up with a bloody cloth, as though he had been severely beaten, his clothes torn, and his remaining hand grasping a thick stick, rushed in among them, and panting for breath, demanded which was Hugh.
He pointed to his dress and to his bandaged head, and still panting for breath, glanced round the room; then faced towards Hugh again.