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Definition of 'retch'

Noun

  1. an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves"
       Synonyms: heave

Verb

  1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
       Synonyms: vomit vomit up purge cast sick cat be sick disgorge regorge puke barf spew spue chuck upchuck honk regurgitate throw up
       Antonyms: keep down
  2. make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit
       Synonyms: gag heave


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