One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]Irish, Scottish, Northern English
Breathe hard or with difficulty; pant.‘by the time he reached the second floor, he was peching’
- ‘Such a punishing schedule would have left much younger and fitter men peching in his wake, let alone a 63 year-old with a history of heart complaint.’
- ‘The media, peching alongside her, lapped it up.’
- ‘As I peched along in his tweed-clad wake on a freezing cold day, I remembered the first time I clapped eyes on him.’
- ‘Mountains in Scotland are not noted for their eroticism - just ask those who pech their way up the Munros for their sins.’
A gasping or laboured breath; a pant.‘a pech uphill takes us to the canal’
- ‘He had been out for three games and, understandably, looked short of pace and pech.’
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