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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From an unrecorded Old English cohhian

cough

1 verb
     
Related topics: Human
cough1 [intransitive]
1HBH to suddenly push air out of your throat with a short sound, often repeatedly:
Matthew coughed and cleared his throat.
I think I'm getting a cold or flu - I've been coughing and sneezing all day.
2 to make a sudden sound like someone coughing:
The engine coughed and spluttered, then stopped altogether.

cough up

phrasal verb
1 informal to give someone money, information etc when you do not really want to:
Come on, cough up.
cough something ↔ up
Insurance companies had to cough up £10 million in storm damage claims.
2

cough something ↔ up

to push something out of your throat or lungs into your mouth:
You must go to the doctor if you're coughing up blood.

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