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puff and pant

To breathe very heavily or laboriously. He sat puffing and panting for several minutes after sprinting to catch the bus. You really should quit smoking—look at how you're puffing and panting after a single flight of stairs!
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ˌpuff and ˈpant/ˈblow

(informal) breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort: Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate.
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Again and again he missed his writhing and struggling victim, but though puffing and panting with his exertions, he still continued them; and after striking a sufficient number of blows to have demolished an entire drove of oxen, with one crashing stroke he laid him dead at his feet.
"I'm puffing and panting and he said, 'Why are you late Holmes?' and I said, 'Father, our bus was hijacked at the top of the road and it was burnt.
"I once cycled to my pilates class in town and by the time I had cycled back over the hills I was puffing and panting. I said never again!
I'm only five months in and finding it tough to walk up the stairs without puffing and panting. Admittedly, this toned hot mama Inger Houghton had always lifted heavy weights prior to becoming pregnant but many media outlets were portraying her physique as aspirational, as if it were a badge of honour we should all strive for.
Since Blair introduced the smoking ban there has been no end of propaganda linked with smoking, yet I can still cycle nearly two miles to town and back without puffing and panting, my hands haven't wrinkled and there's no effect sexually.
I just about made it in time and arrived at the gate, puffing and panting, only to hear just as I was about to board that there was a big doubt about the meeting at Punchestown going ahead.
So I've taken to puffing and panting in the bedroom and heading off to the woods every day.
There was a lot of puffing and panting but hundreds of smiles from competitors who crossed the line in the first Echo-Ty George 5k run.Around 670 people, aged from two to 80, took part in the Run for Care at the Vale Hotel Golf & Spa Resort, in Hensol, yesterday.
I was puffing and panting by the time we caught up with him, but it was worth it."
Picture, dear reader, these poor smokers, feverish with nicotine craving, puffing and panting over their carbon monoxide results as they slowly plod in the shadow of a very, very large hospital.
Boss Joe Royle said: "He still came off puffing and panting and still isn't match fit.
Dear old Charlie was puffing and panting his way through his report on the 9 o'clock news on Thursday night to tell the world a plane had just minutes earlier crashed into the Hudson River.
And how can I not mention that the old Emperor Huang Di must have done a fair bit of puffing and panting himself since he had 3000 wives and concubines to take care of, as it were.
"Everything fell silent, and all I heard was the bull behind me puffing and panting and nudging against the toilet."
"He was puffing and panting, barking his head off to make us come out of the door," said Maggie.