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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

v.
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
References in classic literature ?
He watched Eva feverishly day by day, as might be told by the frequency with which he repeated over that "the child was quite well"--that there wasn't anything in that cough,--it was only some little stomach affection, such as children often had.
At this second interchange of the Christian name, Madame Defarge, still using her toothpick with profound composure, coughed another grain of cough, and raised her eyebrows by the breadth of another line.
At such times I could see his villanous face plainly, and, when the sulphur from the matches irritated his lungs, between the raspy cough that followed and the clammy mud in which I was lying, I confess I shivered harder than ever.
I watched intently, but my ears were rewarded first, by a raspy cough I knew only too well.
Well, the devil flay them, the privileged classes," his brother's voice responded, with a cough.
Sparsit shook her head, still in her highly superior manner, and a little changed the small cough - coughing now, as if the spirit of prophecy rose within her, but had better be coughed down.
He was rambling in imagination on these terraces, and had quite lost himself among them indeed, when he heard the cough once more.
Her cough choked her--but her reproaches were not without result.
All this was uttered with extreme rapidity, getting quicker and quicker, but a cough suddenly cut short Katerina Ivanovna's eloquence.
No peer-reviewed journal, however, would publish the paper because her findings challenge the assumption that chronic coughs are asthma related.
Here, scientists compared the effects of agave nectar on night-time coughs with placebo syrup and no treatment at all.
Zarbee's, Salt Lake City, UT, has expanded its line of natural, drug-free children's cough syrup with three new products that soothe babies as young as 2 months, ease night-time coughing and relieve the congestion of wet coughs in kids, according to the company.
HALLS' Advanced Vapor Action formula starts working within ten seconds to suppress coughs and soothe sore throats.
For chesty coughs CARE Mentholated Bronchial Balsam eases chesty coughs and sore throats.
reduction in the number of coughs recorded compared to placebo and