v. 1. To reject input, often ungracefully. "NULs make System
V's `lpr(1)' choke." "I tried building an EMACS
, but `cpp(1)' choked on all those `#define's."
. 2. [MIT] More generally, to fail at any
endeavor, but with some flair or bravado; the popular definition is
"to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory."