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 for barf
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  barf
      n 1: the matter ejected in vomiting [syn: vomit, vomitus,
           puke, barf]
      v 1: eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth; "After
           drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged
           continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave
           him last night" [syn: vomit, vomit up, purge, cast,
           sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch,
           puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk,
           regurgitate, throw up] [ant: keep down]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  36 Moby Thesaurus words for "barf":
     be nauseated, be seasick, be sick, bring up, cascade, cast,
     choke on, chuck up, disgorge, disgorgement, egest, egesta,
     egestion, feed the fish, feel disgust, gag, gagging, heave,
     heave the gorge, heaves, heaving, keck, nausea, puke, regurgitate,
     regurgitation, reject, retch, sick up, sicken at, spew, throw up,
     upchuck, vomit, vomiting, vomition
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  barf
   /barf/, n.,v.
  
      [common; from mainstream slang meaning ?vomit?]
  
      1. interj. Term of disgust. This is the closest hackish equivalent of the
      Valspeak ?gag me with a spoon?. (Like, euwww!) See bletch.
  
      2. vi. To say ?Barf!? or emit some similar expression of disgust. ?I showed
      him my latest hack and he barfed? means only that he complained about it,
      not that he literally vomited.
  
      3. vi. To fail to work because of unacceptable input, perhaps with a
      suitable error message, perhaps not. Examples: ?The division operation
      barfs if you try to divide by 0.? (That is, the division operation checks
      for an attempt to divide by zero, and if one is encountered it causes the
      operation to fail in some unspecified, but generally obvious, manner.) ?The
      text editor barfs if you try to read in a new file before writing out the
      old one.?
  
      See choke. In Commonwealth Hackish, barf is generally replaced by ?puke?
      or ?vom?. barf is sometimes also used as a metasyntactic variable, like
      foo or bar.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  barf
  
     /barf/ [mainstream slang for "vomit"] 1.  Term of disgust.
     This is the closest hackish equivalent of the Val\-speak "gag
     me with a spoon". (Like, euwww!)  See bletch.
  
     2. To say "Barf!" or emit some similar expression of disgust.
     "I showed him my latest hack and he barfed" means only that he
     complained about it, not that he literally vomited.
  
     3. To fail to work because of unacceptable input, perhaps with
     a suitable error message, perhaps not.  Examples: "The
     division operation barfs if you try to divide by 0."  (That
     is, the division operation checks for an attempt to divide by
     zero, and if one is encountered it causes the operation to
     fail in some unspecified, but generally obvious, manner.) "The
     text editor barfs if you try to read in a new file before
     writing out the old one".
  
     See choke, gag.
  
     In Commonwealth Hackish, "barf" is generally replaced by
     "puke" or "vom".  barf is sometimes also used as a
     metasyntactic variable, like foo or bar.
  
     (1996-02-26)
  

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