cough up


verb (adverb)

informal to surrender (money, information, etc), esp reluctantly
(tr) to bring into the mouth or eject (phlegm, food, etc) by coughing

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Idioms and Phrases with cough up

cough up

1

Hand over or relinquish, especially money; pay up. For example, It's time the delinquent members coughed up their dues. [Slang; late 1800s]

2

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]

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