- breathing bag,
- breathing reserve,
- breathing space,
Origin of breathless
Examples from the Web for breathlessly
For years, Republicans have been jumping up and down, breathlessly screaming that the Affordable Care Act would be a “disaster.”
It leads one to wonder how breathlessly the actual runup to the 2016 election will be covered.
Most breathlessly speculated that the defense would never recover.
Hathaway has breathlessly thanked every member of her “team” during her countless awards-season acceptance speeches.
He suggested that we could, indeed, see a breathlessly close Obama win, or a breathlessly close Romney win.
The girl who watched them breathlessly from behind the roses clutched her hands over her heart.Pretty Madcap Dorothy|Laura Jean Libbey
And she hurried me out, still eying me breathlessly as if she half distrusted my composure.Lost Man's Lane|Anna Katharine Green
The peasant's opportunity, for which he had breathlessly waited, presented itself.The Norwegian Fjords|A. Heaton Cooper
One of them was Andrew, who breathlessly hurried to his brother Simon, and told him the great news.A Layman's Life of Jesus|Samuel H. M. Byers
Thus alone, their mufflers still on, their hands clasped in hers, they breathlessly listened to her strange tale.J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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.