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cough

 (kôf, kŏf)
v. coughed, cough·ing, coughs
v.intr.
1. To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
2. To make a noise similar to noisy expulsion of air from the lungs: The engine coughed and died.
v.tr.
To expel by coughing: coughed up phlegm.
n.
1. The act of coughing.
2. An illness marked by frequent coughing.
Phrasal Verb:
cough up Slang
1. To hand over or relinquish (money or another possession), often reluctantly.
2. To confess or disclose: When he saw that the police might arrest him, he coughed up the details of what he had seen.
3. Sports
a. To lose possession of (the ball or puck), especially because of defensive pressure from the opposing team.
b. To fail to maintain (a lead in a game).

[Middle English coughen, ultimately of imitative origin.]

cough up

vb (adverb)
1. informal to surrender (money, information, etc), esp reluctantly
2. (Physiology) (tr) to bring into the mouth or eject (phlegm, food, etc) by coughing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cough up - give reluctantly; "He coughed up some money for his children's tuition"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
2.cough up - discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
cough - exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion; "The smoker coughs all day"
ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spit, spue - expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth; "The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"
spit out, splutter, sputter - spit up in an explosive manner
eject, expel, release, exhaust, discharge - eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas"
Translations
يُخرج مادة مُخاطية من الحُنجرة بالسُّعال
vysolit
hoste op med
kinyöglepenget
punga út meî
bayılmaksökülmek

w>cough up

vt sep (lit)aushusten
vt insep (fig inf) moneyrausrücken (inf), → ausspucken (inf), → rüberkommen mit (sl)
vi (fig inf)blechen (inf), → ausspucken (inf)

cough

(kof) verb
to make a harsh sound when bringing air or harmful matter from the lungs or throat. He's coughing badly because he has a cold.
noun
1. an act of coughing. He gave a cough.
2. an illness causing coughing. a smoker's cough.
ˈcough-mixture noun
a medicine used for relieving coughing.
cough up
a slang expression for to pay. It's time you coughed up (the money I lent you).
References in periodicals archive ?
Mucolytic preparations make sputum easier to cough up but they're of little benefit to most people.
Smokers' cough Symptoms: If the cough becomes more frequent or you cough up blood, get it checked out immediately.
Cough syrups either try to suppress it or help you to cough up phlegm.