Definition of dry-heave in English:

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[no object]
Experience the reflex of vomiting; retch: I puked and puked until I was dry-heaving
More example sentences
  • He wiped her mouth, brought her water, and held back her hair as she dry-heaved.
  • I heard "Love Will Tear Us Apart" booming from a patio this week and dry-heaved all the way home.
  • My head spun and I dry-heaved once as I steadied myself.


An instance or feeling of retching: I feel the dry-heaves starting, the knee-jerk reaction to my anxiety attacks
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  • She turned and vomited violently, an empty dry-heave which threatened to pull her stomach out.
  • He did a full body dry-heave across the stage.
  • Yasmin and Sasha are BFFs (yes they actually utter the term "BFF" in this movie and I instinctively reacted with a dry-heave).

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