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Related to cough: bronchitis, whooping cough, dry cough

cough one's head off

Fig. to cough long and hard. (See also laugh one's head off.) I had the flu. I nearly coughed my head off for two days.
See also: cough, head, off

cough something out

to say something while coughing. He coughed the words out, but no one could understand him. He coughed out the name of his assailant.
See also: cough, out

cough something up

1. to get something out of the body by coughing. She coughed some matter up and took some more medicine. She coughed up phlegm all night.
2. Euph. to vomit something. The dog coughed the rabbit up. The dog coughed up the food it had eaten.
3. Sl. to produce or present something, such as an amount of money. You will cough the money up, won't you? You had better cough up what you owe me, if you know what's good for you.
See also: cough, up

cough up something

also cough something up
1. to pay money unwillingly I had to cough up $35 for administration fees. Martinez's lawyers knew the banks had the money, and pushed them to cough it up. Related vocabulary: fork over something
2. to allow an opponent to take the lead in a competition Sele got a 3-0 lead in the second inning but then coughed it up in the third.
See also: cough, up

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]
See also: cough, up

cough up

1. To force something from the throat or lungs and out of the mouth by coughing: After years of smoking, he started coughing up blood. The medicine loosened the phlegm so she could cough it up.
2. Slang To pay or hand over something, as money, often reluctantly: Cough up the money or you're going to jail. I know you're short on the rent money, but you'll have to cough it up.
3. Slang To confess or disclose something: When the police arrived, we coughed up the details of the incident. When the lawyers threatened me for not disclosing the tax returns, I coughed them up.
See also: cough, up

Cough it up!

tv. to give something—typically money—to someone, especially if done unwillingly. You owe me twenty bucks. Cough it up!
See also: cough

cough something up

tv. to produce something (which someone has requested), usually money. Cough up what you owe me!
See also: cough, up
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Other parts of the brain, such as portions of the insular cortex (an area that has a large role in depression), were more active when trying to hold back a cough.
Latest figures released show 74 cases of whooping cough were reported across the region between January and March 2012 alone, compared to a total of 76 cases confirmed across the whole of 2011.
Everyone does their best to reduce transmissions but a cough inevitably spreads, as when one kid brings a cough into the classroom it gets round quickly.
Dr Richard Roberts, head of the Vaccine Preventable Disease programme at Public Health Wales, said: "Whooping cough has peaks of incidence about every three to four years and the last peak was in 2008.
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website contained statements to the effect that the whooping cough vaccine is unreliable at best and largely ineffective in preventing whooping cough, and that homeopathic remedies are a proven safe and effective alternative for the prevention of whooping cough.
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by measuring the change in frequency and severity of their cough.