verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to relinquish, especially reluctantly; contribute; give.
- to blurt out; state, as by way of making a confession: After several hours of vigorous questioning by the police, he finally coughed up the information.
Origin of cough
Examples from the Web for cough
Some cough up preposterous jury awards, while others lay bare the egregious failures of the criminal justice system.
Will went on to say doctors believe a “sneeze or some cough” can spread Ebola.
It can spread through a sneeze, cough, sharing a beverage or speaking up close with someone who has the disease.
Brosseau said her views had nothing to do with Ebola spreading among the public at large through a sneeze or cough.
Get a flu shot, wash your hands, and cover your mouth when you cough.
Symptoms: Cough, rapid breathing, whistling, rattling and bubbling in throat.
My cough prevented my going out, but we had Sunday-afternoon service in the chapel, with beautiful singing.The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6|Augustus J. C. Hare
Charlie Tagg gave a bit of a cough and said it wanted considering.The Nest Egg|W.W. Jacobs
It was wicked to cough in church, as it was a sacrilege to play with a hymn-book.The Uncalled|Paul Laurence Dunbar
It cost a lot of money to obtain this title and the Serb multi-billionaire Karic was only too glad to cough it up.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for cough
Word Origin for cough
Word Origin and History for cough
early 14c., coughen, probably in Old English, but not recorded, from Proto-Germanic *kokh- (with the rough "kh" of German or of Scottish loch; cf. Middle Dutch kochen, Middle High German kuchen). Onomatopoeic. Related: Coughed; coughing. As a noun from c.1300.