at the last gasp


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gasp \Gasp\, n.
   The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the
   breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the
   breath.
   [1913 Webster]

   At the last gasp, at the point of death. --Addison.
      [1913 Webster]
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