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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GASP

When she had finished, something like a gasp went through the room.

I could only just gasp along the way you do in a dream when there's a ghost gaining on you.

Her gasp of astonishment was lost in the chorus of congratulatory cries.

Then he disappeared with a suddenness that made the colonel and Dick gasp.

Then a reporter leaped aboard, and ere I could gasp held me in his toils.

The audience sank back with a gasp of release from the strain of attention.

It took her breath—but with a gasp of delight, for there was something she wanted to do.

There was a great gurgling and sucking in the darkness, followed by a gasp from the drinker.

Wrayson was so astonished that he could only gasp out his name.

And as she dragged Pauline away, she could only gasp: "Come along, you filthy thing!"

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., gaspen, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse geispa "to yawn," or its Danish derivative gispe "gasp," which probably are related to Old Norse gapa (see gape). Related: Gasped; gasping.

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blew

verbblast, rush of air, wind
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