expectorate

Looking for a fancy way to say "cough up phlegm"? Try expectorate.

There's no way around it — expectorating is pretty gross. If you have a respiratory problem like bronchitis, you're going to expectorate a lot: phlegm and mucus will build up in your lungs, and you'll eventually cough it up and spit it out. A doctor might prescribe a special cough medicine to help you expectorate. Sometimes people use expectorate to mean spitting out plain old saliva, too.

Definitions of expectorate
  1. verb
    clear out the chest and lungs
    “This drug expectorates quickly”
    synonyms: clear out, drive out
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    type of:
    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  2. verb
    discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
    synonyms: cough out, cough up, 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)
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