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- Having difficulty breathing; gasping.
- 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, H.L. Brækstad, transl., Folk and Fairy Tales, page 281:
- In thoughtless and breathless fear I rushed forward to avoid this host of demons, but while flying thus still more frightful and distorted shapes appeared, and I fancied I felt their hands clutching me.
- That makes one hold one's breath (with excitement etc.).
- 2017 March 14, Stuart James, “Leicester stun Sevilla to reach last eight after Kasper Schmeichel save”, in the Guardian:
- By that stage Sevilla were down to 10 men and Jorge Sampaoli, their manager, had been sent to the stands as a breathless encounter started to spiral out of control.
- 1934, Frank Richards, The Magnet, The Mystery of the Vaults
- The plane buzzed on at a breathless speed. Bob had been in a plane before, and he had no fear. Indeed, but for the strange circumstances, he would have enjoyed that breathless rush through space.
- Not breathing; dead or apparently so.
- Having no wind; still, calm or airless.
- Having a somewhat hysterical tone, using over-emotive language.
- 2010 January 30, Robert Mendick and Amrit Dhillon, “Revealed: the racy novel written by the worlds most powerful climate scientist”, in Daily Telegraph:
- In breathless prose that risks making Dr Pachauri, who will be 70 this year, a laughing stock among the serious, high-minded scientists,
- 2018 May 21, T.A. Frank, “Has The Don Jr. bombshell blown up the Trump-Russia case?”, in Vanity Fair:
- The more some of us learn, the harder it gets to take each breathless headline seriously.
having difficulty breathing; gasping
that makes one hold one's breath
not breathing; apparently dead