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

  crash
  
  
          1. n. A sudden, usually drastic failure. Most often said of the
          system (q.v., sense 1), esp. of magnetic disk drives (the term
          originally described what happens when the air gap of a hard disk
          collapses). "Three lusers lost their files in last night's disk
          crash." A disk crash that involves the read/write heads dropping
          onto the surface of the disks and scraping off the oxide may also be
          referred to as a head crash, whereas the term system crash usually,
          though not always, implies that the operating system or other
          software was at fault.
  
          2. v. To fail suddenly. "Has the system just crashed?" "Something
          crashed the OS!" See down. Also used transitively to indicate the
          cause of the crash (usually a person or a program, or both). "Those
          idiots playing SPACEWAR crashed the system."
  
          3. vi. Sometimes said of people hitting the sack after a long
          hacking run; see gronk out.
  

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