cough out(redirected from coughs out)
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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.
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.