a medicated, syruplike fluid, usually flavored and nonnarcotic or mildly narcotic, for relieving coughs or soothing irritated throats.
- Also called cough medicine.
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How to use cough syrup in a sentence
In a bit of fate, Courtney opened her purse and displayed her own vial of cough syrup, a more powerful brand.
Kurt was backstage drinking cough syrup directly from the bottle.
Lil Wayne once said that quitting sizzurp—cough syrup laced with codeine—‘feels like death in your stomach.’Rapper Lil Wayne and His Struggle With Sizzurp ‘Drank’ | Allison Samuels | March 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Over-the-counter cough syrup may also be used, though the effects of that are more hallucinogenic than euphoric.Lil Wayne Hospitalization: What the Hell Is Sizzurp? | Melissa Leon | March 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Last year, a study found that 5.5 percent of surveyed 12th graders had gotten high off cough syrup in one way or another.Lil Wayne Hospitalization: What the Hell Is Sizzurp? | Melissa Leon | March 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I'll invent the graphophone, the kodak, the vitascope, an' Milliken's cough syrup an' a lot of other big modern inventions.The Panchronicon | Harold Steele Mackaye
Copernicus tried to convince himself that the profit from the cough syrup would comfort him for his disappointment.The Panchronicon | Harold Steele Mackaye
Cough-syrup is made from them and also substitutes for tobacco and hops.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers | Margaret Armstrong
There is a rabbit foot weed that we mixed with sassafras and made good cough syrup.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. | Work Projects Administration
It proved to be a kind of essence of horehound, of notable tartness and pungency, very like a powerful cough syrup.Plum Pudding | Christopher Morley