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.
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Origin of cough
OTHER WORDS FROM coughcougher, noun
Words nearby cough
Example sentences from the Web for cough
Coronaviruses like SARS and MERS tend to infect deep in the lungs, so the new coronavirus is probably spread mainly by people with symptoms, such as a cough, or during such medical procedures as being intubated.Here’s what we’ve learned in six months of COVID-19 — and what we still don’t know|Erin Garcia de Jesus|June 30, 2020|Science News
Wearing any face covering, including bandanas or neck warmers, could at least partially block the cloud of droplets released in a cough, the experiment showed.Why scientists say wearing masks shouldn’t be controversial|Tina Hesman Saey|June 26, 2020|Science News
Two days before the ceremony the bride’s 58-year-old father, who had traveled from Spain, felt feverish and developed a runny nose and cough.COVID-19 case clusters offer lessons and warnings for reopening|Helen Thompson|June 18, 2020|Science News
Michalak says that previous audiological research has revealed differences between sick and healthy coughs, but the human ear may not be able to distinguish them.No, you can’t hear the difference between sick and healthy coughs|Jonathan Lambert|June 9, 2020|Science News
Indirect contact might occur when an infected person uses their hand to cover a cough or a sneeze, then touches an object.Six foot social-distancing will not always be enough for COVID-19|Tina Hesman Saey|April 23, 2020|Science News For Students
Some cough up preposterous jury awards, while others lay bare the egregious failures of the criminal justice system.
Will went on to say doctors believe a “sneeze or some cough” can spread Ebola.
It can spread through a sneeze, cough, sharing a beverage or speaking up close with someone who has the disease.
Brosseau said her views had nothing to do with Ebola spreading among the public at large through a sneeze or cough.
Get a flu shot, wash your hands, and cover your mouth when you cough.
Symptoms: Cough, rapid breathing, whistling, rattling and bubbling in throat.
My cough prevented my going out, but we had Sunday-afternoon service in the chapel, with beautiful singing.The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6|Augustus J. C. Hare
Charlie Tagg gave a bit of a cough and said it wanted considering.The Nest Egg|W.W. Jacobs
It was wicked to cough in church, as it was a sacrilege to play with a hymn-book.The Uncalled|Paul Laurence Dunbar
It cost a lot of money to obtain this title and the Serb multi-billionaire Karic was only too glad to cough it up.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin