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to make efforts to vomit
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wretch – an unfortunate or unhappy person
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v. retched, retch·ing, retch·es
To try to vomit.
[Alteration of Middle English rechen, from Old English hrǣcan, to clear the throat, spit, bring up (phlegm).]
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1. (Physiology) (intr) to undergo an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; heave
2. (Physiology) to vomit
(Physiology) an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting
[Old English hrǣcan; related to Old Norse hrǣkja to spit]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
to make efforts to vomit.
[1540–50; variant of reach, Old English hrǣcan to clear the throat (not recorded in Middle English), derivative of hrāca a clearing of the throat; compare Old Norse hrǣkja to hawk, spit]
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retch, wretch - Retch is the verb to vomit or gag; wretch is a noun for a pitiable person.
See also related terms for vomit.
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Past participle: retched
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|Noun||1.||retch - an involuntary spasm of ineffectual vomiting; "a bad case of the heaves"|
spasm - (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)
|Verb||1.||retch - 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"|
barf, be sick, puke, regorge, sick, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up, disgorge, cat, spue, spew, regurgitate, chuck, honk, purge, cast
|2.||retch - make an unsuccessful effort to vomit; strain to vomit|
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verb gag, be sick, vomit, regurgitate, chuck (Austral. & N.Z. informal), throw up (informal), spew, heave, puke (slang), disgorge, barf (U.S. slang), chunder (slang, chiefly Austral.), upchuck (U.S. slang), do a technicolour yawn (slang), toss your cookies (U.S. slang) The smell made me retch.
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retch[ˈrɛtʃ] vi → avoir des haut-le-cœur
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Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
n. arcada, basca, contracciones abdominales espasmódicas que preceden al vómito.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
retchvi tener arcadas (form), vomitar sin nada que expulsar
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