Roleset id: sputter.01 , make sounds like a motorboat, Source: , vncls: , framnet: sputter.01: SPUTTER-V NOTES: Might also see 'sputter' as verb-of-saying, in which case refer to 'say'. (from sputter.01-v)
Arg0-PAG: maker of sounds (vnrole: 43.2-Agent)
Example: falter, etc.
Comprehensive Care had agreed to be acquired by closely held First Hospital Corp. of Norfolk, Va., but the sale sputtered almost from the beginning and finally collapsed last week.
Arg0: the sale
ArgM-TMP: almost from the beginning