cough up

cough

[kawf, kof]
verb (used without object)
1.
to expel air from the lungs suddenly with a harsh noise, often involuntarily.
2.
(of an internal-combustion engine) to make a similar noise as a result of the failure of one or more cylinders to fire in sequence.
3.
to make a similar sound, as a machine gun firing in spurts.
verb (used with object)
4.
to expel by coughing (usually followed by up or out ): to cough up phlegm.
noun
5.
the act or sound of coughing.
6.
an illness characterized by frequent coughing.
7.
a sound similar to a cough, a machine gun, or an engine firing improperly.
Verb phrases
8.
cough up, Slang.
a.
to relinquish, especially reluctantly; contribute; give.
b.
to blurt out; state, as by way of making a confession: After several hours of vigorous questioning by the police, he finally coughed up the information.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English coghen, apparently < Old English *cohhian (compare its derivative cohhettan to cough); akin to Dutch kuchen to cough, German keuchen to wheeze

cougher, noun

cough, cuff, koph.
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cough (kɒf)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to expel air or solid matter from the lungs abruptly and explosively through the partially closed vocal chords
2.  (intr) to make a sound similar to this
3.  (tr) to utter or express with a cough or coughs
4.  slang (intr) to confess to a crime
 
n
5.  an act, instance, or sound of coughing
6.  a condition of the lungs or throat that causes frequent coughing
 
[Old English cohhetten; related to Middle Dutch kochen, Middle High German kūchen to wheeze; probably of imitative origin]
 
'cougher
 
n

cough up
 
vb
1.  informal to surrender (money, information, etc), esp reluctantly
2.  (tr) to bring into the mouth or eject (phlegm, food, etc) by coughing

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cough
early 14c., coughen, probably in O.E., but not recorded, from P.Gmc. *kokh- (with the rough "kh" of Mod. German, or of Scottish loch). Onomatopoeic.
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Medical Dictionary

cough (kôf)
v. coughed, cough·ing, coughs
To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material. n.

  1. The act of coughing.

  2. An illness marked by frequent coughing.

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cough   (kôf, kŏf)  Pronunciation Key 
The act of expelling air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
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Idioms & Phrases

cough up

  1. Hand over or relinquish, especially money; pay up. For example, It's time the delinquent members coughed up their dues. [Slang; late 1800s]

  2. Confess or divulge, as in Pretty soon she'd cough up the whole story about last night. This idiom transfers the act of vomiting to telling the entire truth. [Slang; late 1800s]

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