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The smell made me retch.
  an involuntary vomiting spasm, but generally with nothing coming up
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  • The smell made me retch.
  • Then I grew sick, and retched to vomit, but could not, for I had nothing in my stomach to bring up.
    Daniel Defoe  --  The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • Several miles passed in silence; then I heard him retching into the bowl.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Lew, being the classy guy he was, left when he heard her retching, sort of slinking out the way he came in, and that was the last I saw of him.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember

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  • "Go away," I gasped between retches.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • He retched but he wasn’t sick.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • But I only retched a bit.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • I would lean up against the wall and wipe my face, then the retching and sickness would start again.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • There it was, galloping across a balcony, a flaming, fiery cow, screaming while a Jackboot behind it laughed and the flamethrower retched more fire until the cow plunged through the railing and sailed through the air, flames flapping like wings to the ground.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • I double over, retching, and his knee comes up into my forehead.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes

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  • I press my ear to the door, listening for sounds of crying or retching or anything.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Millicent was retching and trembling and Mr. Blanck was sweating and moaning, "My factory . my factory .
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I waited for the police first in the kitchen, but the acrid smell of the burnt teakettle was curling up in the back of my throat, underscoring my need to retch, so I drifted out on the front porch, sat on the top stair, and willed myself to be calm.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He’d trained his stomach to accept most liquids—milk, coffee, tea—though solid food still made him retch.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He retched but had nothing in his stomach to throw up.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Park had gym class right after lunch, and he ran so hard during drills, he’d started to retch up his fish sandwich.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Ben was on all fours, gasping, retching.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • She sniffed each pup, turning some of them right over on their backs in the process, then she hunched her shoulders and began to retch.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • By custom he was then offered a blade, but he dropped it before he could pierce his belly, retching instead.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • There is also the sound of retching.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • I retched and shuddered.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He clutched her necklace, a golden strawberry on a thin chain, while his mother retched.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Certainly she had not spent the voyage groaning and retching like some of the passengers.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • She lifted her head to give him a withering glare, but everything spun, dragging her down with it, and she retched again.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • Then he rose and stumbled to his truck, coughing, retching, and yelling in terror like a man suddenly deranged.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I spit it out, not even conscious of where it goes, and start retching.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • so it is of some relief after these bitter months to discover a manuscript containing a prose style that does not cause fever, headache or retching, and as such the work deserves qualified praise.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • During the night I can hear hurrying footsteps and retching and the toilet flushing.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Percy doubled over and began to retch.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He bent sideways and retched.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • I set it down hastily and turned away, retching.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Alan almost retched.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Boris and I so sick we kept retching, and laughing about retching, which made us retch even harder.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I almost retch at the sound of applause when the cold-blooded animos sinks back into the floor.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • As always, the gin made him shudder and even retch slightly.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He retched and ducked out of sight again.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Deaf to Mother’s retching in the house.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Which is good, because I’m retching again.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • His voice cracked; she recalled him retching up Sebastian’s black blood, on his knees in the roof garden.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Then she was on all fours, next to the wall, retching.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • My mouth filled with saliva, a sign of the retching that was yet to come.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • "Fumes!" Castor and Pollux grab towels, aprons to stuff in the cracks as Gale retches into a bright yellow sink.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • This deathly exhalation from the shell-holes seems to be a mixture of chloroform and putrefaction, and fills us with nausea and retching.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • You want to hear it heaving and dry retching.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • He spat into a big check handkerchief, and each time he spat it sounded as if he were retching.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • She gave no hint of the anxiety that had had her retching earlier in the day, and her pregame instructions were spare: no cussing, and no tackling from behind.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Rosaura, retching, abandoned her place of honor.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • He fell to his knees by one of the scraggly trees on the outskirts of the forest and threw up, retching as he coughed and spat out every last morsel of the acidic, nasty bile from his stomach.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Behind the door across the hallway, I could hear someone retching.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Jace bent over the railing, retching uncontrollably, the Sword still gripped in his hand.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
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Associated words [difficulty]:   retch [2] , wretch [3] , wretched [1]
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