cough and die

<jargon> barf. Connotes that the program is throwing its hands up by design rather than because of a bug or oversight. "The parser saw a control-A in its input where it was looking for a printable, so it coughed and died."

Compare die, die horribly, scream and die.

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Last updated: 1995-03-07

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