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#1 2008-08-26 17:30:25

klakritz
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From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'grasping for breath' for 'gasping for breath'

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. ...
www.cals.ncsu.edu/an_sci/extension/horse/hurrican.htm

While they waited, Draco could hear Granger grasping for breath, although he couldn’t exactly hear her doing anything. ...
faintingfancy.livejournal.com/15394.html

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.
books.google.com/books?isbn=9042008563…

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

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#2 2019-03-03 18:34:40

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1364

Re: 'grasping for breath' for 'gasping for breath'

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
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