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.
Words nearby cough
Origin of cough
OTHER WORDS FROM coughcough·er, noun
British Dictionary definitions for cough up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cough up (2 of 2)
Derived forms of coughcougher, noun
Word Origin for cough
Medical definitions for cough up
Scientific definitions for cough up
Idioms and Phrases with cough up
Hand over or relinquish, especially money; pay up. For example, It's time the delinquent members coughed up their dues. [Slang; late 1800s]
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]