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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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He has gone from being a physically fit man, who pushed heavy trolleys as part of his job, to someone who pants for air while walking to the end of the street.