a medicated, syruplike fluid, usually flavored and nonnarcotic or mildly narcotic, for relieving coughs or soothing irritated throats.
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- cough drop,
- cough medicine,
- cough mixture,
- cough reflex,
- cough up,
- coughlin, charles edward,
Origin of cough syrup
First recorded in 1875–80
Also called cough medicine.
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Examples from the Web for cough syrup
Cough-syrup is made from them and also substitutes for tobacco and hops.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers|Margaret Armstrong
A sweetened medicated liquid taken orally to ease coughing.
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