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English noun: retch

1. retch (act) an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting

SamplesA bad case of the heaves.


Broader (hypernym)spasm

English verb: retch

1. retch (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, sick, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up

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

Broader (hypernym)egest, eliminate, excrete, pass

Antonymskeep down

2. retch (body) make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit

Synonymsgag, heave

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

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