cough (one's) head off(redirected from coughing their heads off)
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.
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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.
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