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

v clear out the chest and lungs

“This drug expectorates quickly”
clear out, drive out
Type of:
remove, take, take away, withdraw
remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

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

cough out, cough up, 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)

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