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
Contemporary Examples of cough
Some cough up preposterous jury awards, while others lay bare the egregious failures of the criminal justice system.How One Lawsuit Shows What’s Wrong With America
October 20, 2014
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.Parents’ Ebola Panic Is Taking Over My Clinic
October 15, 2014
Historical Examples of cough
Captain Smith affected a cough, and put his brown mare into a canter.Night and Morning, Complete
His father's cough had been bad all night, and this made his mother troubled and cross.
Mis' Eben Smith's got eight young ones down with the whoopin'-cough.Tiverton Tales
I then made him understand that I had a weak chest, and that the smoke made me cough.My Double Life
Here a cough interrupted him, and he paused and ran his hand through his hair.One Day's Courtship
Word Origin 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.