cough up

Definitions of cough up
  1. verb
    discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
    synonyms: cough out, expectorate, spit out, spit up
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    cough
    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)
  2. verb
    give reluctantly
    “He coughed up some money for his children's tuition”
    synonyms: pony up, spit up
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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