cough up

Definitions of cough up

v discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth

cough out, expectorate, spit out, spit up
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exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion
ptyalise, ptyalize, spew, spit, spue
expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth
spit out, splutter, sputter
spit up in an explosive manner
hack, whoop
cough spasmodically
clear the throat, hawk
clear mucus or food from one's throat
Type of:
discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
eliminate (a substance)

v give reluctantly

“He coughed up some money for his children's tuition”
pony up, spit up
Type of:
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

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