"sputtered" in the verb sense
make an explosive sound
cause to undergo a process in which atoms are removed
"The solar wind protons must sputter away the surface atoms of the dust"
3. clamber, scramble, shin, shinny, skin, struggle, sputter
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
4. sputter, splutter
utter with a spitting sound, as if in a rage
5. splutter, sputter, spit out
spit up in an explosive manner
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