cough meaning

[ kɔ:f ] Pronunciation:   "cough" in a sentence
  • Verb: cough  kóf
    1. Exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
      "The smoker coughs all day"
    Noun: cough  kóf
    1. A sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
      - coughing

    Derived forms: coughs, coughing, coughed

    See also: cough out, cough up

    Type of: cough out, cough up, expectorate, spit out, spit up, symptom

    Part of: respiratory disease, respiratory disorder, respiratory illness

    Encyclopedia: Cough

  • [British slang]
    Verb. To hand over something, or reveal some information, often reluctantly. E.g. "I've already coughed up a month's wages, and can't afford any more.”

  • [Business]
    AmE / verb


    cough up; cough sth up (informal)

    to give sth, especially money, unwillingly:

    Unless they can convince investors to cough up more cash, the company will close.

    The insurance company refused to cough up for the damage.

  • [Medicine]
    A sudden,audible expulsion of air from the lungs through a partially closed glottis,preceded by inhalation. It is a protective response that serves to clear the trachea,bronchi,and/or lungs of irritants and secretions,or to prevent aspiration of foreign materials into the lungs.n
    1 : an ailment manifesting itself by frequent coughing ‹he has a bad cough›
    2 : an explosive expulsion of air from the lungs acting as a protective mechanism to clear the air passages or as a symptom of pulmonary disturbance
    vi : to expel air from the lungs suddenly with an explosive noise usu. in a series of efforts
    ¦ vt : to expel by coughing —often used with up ‹cough up mucus›


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  1. i have to cough up money to get the car fixed.
  2. she was given a needle for whooping cough.
  3. that cough sounds as if it is getting worse.
  4. whooping cough is very prevalent just now.
  5. he made up a bottle of cough medicine.

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