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

  power cycle
   vt.
  
      (also, cycle power or just cycle) To power off a machine and then power it
      on immediately, with the intention of clearing some kind of hung or {
      gronked state. See also Big Red Switch. Compare Vulcan nerve pinch, {
      bounce (sense 4), and boot, and see the Some AI Koans (in Appendix A)
      about Tom Knight and the novice.
  

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

  power cycle
  
      (Or "cycle power", "cycle") To turn a machine's
     power off and on, with the intention of clearing some kind of
     hung or gronked state.  Synonym 120 reset; see also Big
     Red Switch.  Compare Vulcan nerve pinch, bounce and
     boot, and see the AI Koan about Tom Knight and the novice.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2012-02-09)
  

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