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English verb: spew

1. spew (body) expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth


SamplesThe father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer.


ExamplesThe women spew water into the bowl


Synonymsptyalise, ptyalize, spit, spue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up

2. spew (body) eject or send out in large quantities, also metaphorical


SamplesThe volcano spews out molten rocks every day.
The editors of the paper spew out hostile articles about the Presidential candidate.


Synonymseruct, spew out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release

3. spew (body) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth


SamplesAfter drinking too much, the students vomited.
He purged continuously.
The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night.


Synonymsbarf, be sick, cast, cat, chuck, disgorge, honk, puke, purge, regorge, regurgitate, retch, sick, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)egest, eliminate, excrete, pass


Antonymskeep down









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