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"Yes, it is," said Letty breathlessly, thrusting it in and shutting the bag.

"Say, old Peppajee's down at the stable with papa," Donny informed them breathlessly.

"I see nothing but the lightning," Minnie answered, breathlessly.

Then she sat down and repeated softly, breathlessly: 'I have found it!

And then, breathlessly, she added: "It is time to go, I think."

"Indeed, it should be much," she answered quickly, breathlessly.

"You are the very person I am looking for, ma'am," he cried, breathlessly.

"Yes," she said, breathlessly, and I could see she was applying the case to herself.

One after another they left off playing, and breathlessly looked on at my game.

Breathlessly every one saw her make preparations for the flight through the air.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "unable to breathe," from breath + -less. Meaning "out of breath, panting" is from mid-15c. Used from 1590s in the sense "dead." Meaning "forgetting to breathe due to excitement, awe, anticipation, etc." is recorded from 1802. Related: Breathlessly; breathlessness.

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