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Chris -- 2018-04-11
If you can hold your breath you ought to be able to grasp at it too! >500 ghits:
Symptoms include: weakness, excitability, grasping for breath, incoordination, collapse, convulsions, constipation or diarrhea, bloody urine, and death. ...
While they waited, Draco could hear Granger grasping for breath, although he couldn’t exactly hear her doing anything. ...
Student indifference leaves reporter breathless – Opinion
How many of you passed a girl on the sidewalk in the parking lot grasping for breath a few weeks ago?
www.dailytitan.com/news/1998/11/13/Opin … 6642.shtml
Theo was exhausted, because he was grasping for breath.
Typically, a swimmer is working vary hard and grasping for breath but makes little or no progress.
www.active.com/swimming/Articles/Swim-J … rutch_.htm
This is such a dandy eggcorn that I thought I’d resurrect it for more love, on the occasion of my encountering an example:
I was totally winded falling to the ground, grasping for breath