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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 YOUNG man gasping for breath was rescued from a first floor window by fire crews.
I was in a cubicle there sitting down gasping for air.
Kathleen rang the ambulance and was out on the road waiting for it so she could wave it in, while I was hanging over someone's car gasping for air.
If I'm caught off guard, I can't help it; I start gasping for air," Contactmusic quoted her as telling Britain's Stylist magazine.
It took one hour and 57 minutes for the execution to be completed, and Wood was gasping for more than an hour and a half of that time.
Noel Fehily reported he was gasping for air and we are having it investigated.