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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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These images are carried into stage representation and demonstrate that the actors of messengers, footmen, and others in the plays who enter 'in haste' are almost certainly 'running', and likely to indicate that they are gaspingly out of breath, hot, and sweating.
THE eagerly-awaited new novel from Booker-shortlisted Notes on a Scandal author Zoe Heller is gaspingly well observed.
For a little more than an hour, Braly's gaspingly funny scorched-earth autobio, "Life in a Marital Institution," is wittier than most standup routines, but his stony delivery belies the show's least expected quality: a core of genuine emotion.
Despite recent congressional approval of a one-year extension of federal timber payments, Oregon counties with large tracts of federal timberland remain stranded and gaspingly uncertain about their long-term ability to pay for law enforcement, roads and an array of other core public services.
Would, for example, an older Simon milk the overly extended joke of everyone having to climb five flights of stairs, gaspingly out of breath, to visit Corie, and her antithetically composed husband, Paul, as he does here?