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
Related formscough·er, noun
British Dictionary definitions for cough up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for cough up (2 of 2)
Derived Formscougher, noun
Word Origin for cough
Medicine definitions for cough up
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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]