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cough syrup

a medicated, syruplike fluid, usually flavored and nonnarcotic or mildly narcotic, for relieving coughs or soothing irritated throats.
Also called cough medicine.
Origin of cough syrup
1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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cough-syrup in Medicine

cough syrup n.
A sweetened medicated liquid taken orally to ease coughing.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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cough syrup

noun phrase

Bribe or blackmail money paid to silence someone (1925+ Underworld)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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