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cough and die in Technology

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.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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