One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the Brigadier was panting a little as they reached the top of the slope’
breathe heavily, breathe hard, breathe quickly, puff, huff and puff, puff and blow, gasp, wheeze, heave, blow
2‘the track has the sort of subtle start that makes you pant for more’
yearn for, long for, crave, hanker after, hanker for, pine for, ache for, hunger for, thirst for, be hungry for, be greedy for, be thirsty for, itch for, sigh for, be dying for, cry out for, wish for, desire, be consumed with desire for, want, covet
informal have a yen for
archaic be athirst for, suspire for
1‘Robyn was breathing in shallow pants’
gasp, puff, wheeze, breath
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