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Related to coughing: bronchitis, 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 out

To speak while coughing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "out" or after "out." Although she tried to cough out her presentation, she ultimately had to stop and take some cough syrup.
See also: cough, out

cough up

1. To expel something through coughing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cough" and "up" or after "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" or after "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" or after "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" or after "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" or after "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

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
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Although rare, coughing can also be a warning sign of a serious health issue.
Airway Protection Terminology Term Definition Dysphagia Difficulty swallowing Dystussia Inadequate cough Atussia Inability to cough Apnea Lack of breathing Aspiration Ingestion of foreign substances or particles into the airway Augmented (quad) coughing Modified or assisted coughing accomplished by placement of hands on the anterolateral base of the lungs, serves to increase abdominal pressure and aid in production of a forceful cough Urge to cough Cognitive sensation driving reflex cough response Uncompensated aspiration Absence of corrective airway defense responses with no attempt to correct inhaled foreign matter
Terbutaline inhalation suppresses fentanyl-induced coughing.
Coughing also agitates the mucus, preventing bacteria from developing their defensive biofilm and creating a huge colony of pus-filled goo.
2008), transient flows as a result of pulmonary activities (breathing, coughing or talking), buoyancy flows generated by heated sources, the positioning of the ventilation diffusers, etc.
Pertussis is particularly dangerous for tiny babies whose fragile bodies are wracked by fits of coughing.
Conversely, many acute and chronic conditions involve frequent coughing, leading to 30 million health care visits annually, with billions spent on over-the-counter medications and billions more lost due to reduced productivity," said lead author, Paul M.
In rare instances, there is no known culprit--a person simply starts coughing and can't stop.
In response to a question about previous coughing episodes, the patient recalled having had several bouts of chronic cough in the past, including one about a year ago.
But if persistent coughing is disturbing your slumber, then drowsiness may be welcome.
The main symptoms are severe coughing fits which, in babies and children, are accompanied by the characteristic "whoop" sound as the child gasps for breath after coughing.
Patients who were suspected of having posterior nasal drip, allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, bronchial asthma, cough variant asthma, atopic cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and coughing by using angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors were excluded.
Similasan Kids Cough Relief cough syrup, she explains, stimulates the body's natural ability to relieve the symptoms of a dry, hacking cough, soothing the cough reflex in the throat and lungs so that mucus and irritations no longer trigger coughing.