• To experience the vomiting reflex.
  • To cause to heave with nausea.
  • To restrain someone's speech by blocking his or her mouth.
  • To pry or hold open by means of a gag.
  • To restrain someone's speech without using physical means.
  • To choke; to retch.
  • To deceive (someone); to con.


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  • . The intransitive sense "to retch" is from 1707.
  • The noun is from the 16th century, figurative use (for "repression of speech") from the 1620s. The secondary meaning "(practical) joke" is from 1863, of unclear origin.

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