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Definition 1: discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth - [verb of body]

Synonyms for cough up in the sense of this definition

(cough up is a kind of ...) eliminate (a substance)

"combustion products are exhausted in the engine" "the plant releases a gas"

(... is a kind of cough up ) exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion

"The smoker coughs all day"

(... is a kind of cough up ) expel or eject (saliva or phlegm or sputum) from the mouth

"The father of the victim spat at the alleged murderer"

(... is a kind of cough up ) spit up in an explosive manner

Definition 2: give reluctantly - [verb of possession]

Samples where cough up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He coughed up some money for his children's tuition

Synonyms for cough up in the sense of this definition

(cough up is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

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