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gasp

[Old Norse geispa]
To catch the breath; to inhale and exhale with quick, difficult breaths; the act of gasping.
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A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died, his lawyers said, in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.
BROADCASTING icon Gay Byrne thought he was going to die as he desperately gasped for air at his home last week.
Gasped founder Kristine Smith, whose son used heroin and amphetamines for 14 years, is delighted with their new place at Field House at Wellington Road.
Women gasped in horror and men just gasped when the 20-year-old blonde quickly thrust her hands behind her in an attempt to hide her bottom.
His wife was sitting a few feet away and the audience gasped.