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gasp

2 noun
     
gasp2 [countable]
1 when you take in a breath suddenly in a way that can be heard, especially because you are surprised or in pain
gasp of
With a gasp of pure horror, Lewis jumped up and ran.
She gave a little gasp and clutched George's hand.
2 when you breathe in air quickly because you are having difficulty breathing:
Her breath came in shallow gasps.
3

somebody's/something's last gasp

the time when someone is about to die, or when something is about to stop happening or existing:
the last gasp of an industry in decline

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