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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.
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

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
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A majority of coughs actually resolve with just rest and home remedies,' said Dr.
PM Theresa May learned the hard way in her speech to the Tory party conference that coughs are inconvenient.
And the conclusion ACS reached was: "There is very little evidence that cough syrup is effective at treating coughs.
Ninety sec- onds after fentanyl injection, based on the number of coughs observed, cough severity was graded as mild (1-2), moderate (3-5), or severe (>5) and vital parameters were recorded by an independent observer.
LIKE headaches, sore throats and runny noses, coughs are extremely common and most of the time, nothing to really worry about.
No peer-reviewed journal, however, would publish the paper because her findings challenge the assumption that chronic coughs are asthma related.
Major companies, such as Boehringer Ingelheim SA, reacted to the launch of those multipurpose medicines with syrups targeted for dry coughs or coughs with phlegm with its leading brands Bisolvon and Bisoltussin.
Here, scientists compared the effects of agave nectar on night-time coughs with placebo syrup and no treatment at all.
Almost all coughs are from upper respiratory infections (that's fancy talk for common, ordinary colds caused by common, ordinary viruses).
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.
NEW YORK--Suppliers have introduced several new over-the-counter products formulated to help cold and flu sufferers cope with their coughs, sore throats, runny noses and other symptoms.
There should be no changes to his appetite and activity level, but don't be alarmed if he gags and coughs up a white, foamy phlegm, which often happens after exercise or if he's excited or pulls against his collar.
The majority of viral coughs are safe to treat at home," explained Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre at Cardiff University.
By Luisa Dillner/London Most people get coughs when they have caught a cold.