= C =
cough and die v.
Syn. barf. Connotes that the program
is throwing its hands up by design rather than because of a bug or
oversight. "The parser saw a control-A in its input where it was
looking for a printable, so it coughed and died." Compare
die, die horribly, scream and die.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.