cough (one's) head off

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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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McEntee, sending out his first winner from his new base in Newmarket, said: "That's a relief as I have 15 two-year-olds who have been coughing their heads off since I moved 20 yards down the road to Carriageway Stables six weeks ago.