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Definition an involuntary vomiting spasm, but generally with nothing coming up
  • The smell made me retch.
retch = an involuntary vomiting spasm
  • 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
  • I would lean up against the wall and wipe my face, then the retching and sickness would start again.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • retching = vomiting spasms
  • But I only retched a bit.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • retched = had vomiting spasms
  • "Go away," I gasped between retches.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • retches = vomiting spasms
  • 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
  • retching = having vomiting spasms
  • Several miles passed in silence; then I heard him retching into the bowl.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • retching = having vomiting spasms
  • He retched but he wasn't sick.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • retched = had vomiting spasms
  • 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
  • retched = vomited (spewed or ejected)
  • They dove in tandem and splashed just as Ronin and Arvyl broke the surface, flesh pink, mouths wide, retching water.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • As always, the gin made him shudder and even retch slightly.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Boris and I so sick we kept retching, and laughing about retching, which made us retch even harder.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Millicent was retching and trembling and Mr. Blanck was sweating and moaning, "My factory .... my factory ....
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • But within a half hour of getting him home, he was retching, trying to clear thick mucus from his throat.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • From behind me there's a sound of retching.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • I forced myself not to retch as I wiped her paws on the winter grass.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • There is also the sound of retching.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Behind the door across the hallway, I could hear someone retching.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Upon seeing their commander, one promptly retched while the others snapped to some semblance of bleary, blinking attention.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Fern had driven him home; deposited him, retching and wabbling, on the Bogart porch.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street

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