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Related to cough: bronchitis, whooping cough, dry cough

cough (one's) head off

To cough intensely, as from an illness. Natalie has still been coughing her head off, so I don't think the antibiotic you gave her has helped.
See also: cough, head, off

cough it up

slang To give something to someone, often after a period of evasion. Often used as an imperative. If you owe Joey money, his thugs will eventually make you cough it up. Cough it up—show us what you're looking at!
See also: cough, up

cough out

To speak while coughing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "out." Although she tried to cough out her presentation, she ultimately had to stop and drink a glass of water.
See also: cough, out

cough up

1. To expel something through coughing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up." While I was sick, I found myself constantly coughing up phlegm. The child was able to cough up the bit of food he was choking on, thank goodness.
2. To vomit. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up." When I had food poisoning, I felt like I coughed up everything I'd ever eaten in my life.
3. slang To divulge something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up." I'm sure he'll cough up the name of his accomplice once we send in our toughest investigator.
4. slang To give something to someone, often after a period of evasion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up." Joey's thugs cornered me and made me cough up the money I owed them. There wasn't even that much pressure on him, and he totally coughed up the basketball!
5. slang To surrender the lead in a game or competition. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up." With their shaky defense, I wouldn't be surprised if they coughed up this 10-point lead.
See also: cough, up

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

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, something, up
References in periodicals archive ?
No universally accepted bedside tools exist for screening of effective cough function (Silverman et al., 2016).
Pavord, "Cough frequency, cough sensitivity and health status in patients with chronic cough," Respiratory Medicine, vol.
Kennel cough can be caused by a range of different infections, some viral and some bacterial.
Results: Eight patients (25%) in Group C had fentanyl induced cough whereas three patients (7.5%) in Group L and one patient (2.5%) in Group F experienced this phenomenon.
Pitas Cough Troche is the second item under the Pitas brand, which uses the same film-type features and contains active ingredients effective for suppressing and reducing cough and phlegm.
Approximately 65 patients with refractory chronic cough are expected to be enrolled at twelve clinical sites in the United Kingdom and United States.
Thyme made into a tea is an effective cough remedy.
By causing the pelvic floor muscles to relax momentarily, a cough can cause urine to leak through the urethra and out of the body.
In adult outpatients with acute cough, the clinical signs of pneumonia include cough, dyspnea, pleural pain, sweating/fevers/shivers, aches and pains, temperature greater than or equal to 38[degrees]C, tachypnea, and new and localizing chest examination signs.
We are rapidly approaching the beginning of January, which is peak cough season.
If your child's cough sounds like any of the below, seek a GP assessment.
After a week with a dry cough, 16-year-old Ian McCracken started experiencing middle-of-the-night coughing fits so severe, he couldn't talk.
[U.S.A.], May 03 (ANI): Turns out, whooping cough more widespread than previously known.