One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Will ran back, arriving flushed and breathless’
out of breath, panting, puffing, gasping, gasping for breath, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, puffed, puffed out, gulping, gulping for breath, wheezing, wheezy, choking, winded
short of breath, short-winded
exhausted, tired out
informal out of puff
2‘the crowd waited, breathless with anticipation’
agog, all agog, eager, expectant, open-mouthed, waiting with bated breath, on the edge of one's seat, on tenterhooks, in suspense, on pins and needles, on edge, excited, impatient
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