1. [common] To reject input, often
ungracefully. "NULs make System V's
lpr(1) choke." "I
tried building an EMACS binary to use X, but
cpp(1) choked on all those
barf, gag, vi. 2. [MIT] More generally, to fail at
any endeavor, but with some flair or bravado; the popular
definition is "to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."