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" or after "out." Although she tried to cough out her presentation, she ultimately had to stop and take some cough syrup.
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.