cough up

cough up
1. give reluctantly

He coughed up some money for his children's tuition

Syn: ↑pony up, ↑spit up
Hypernyms: ↑give
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something

2. discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth
Syn: ↑expectorate, ↑cough out, ↑spit up, ↑spit out
Derivationally related forms: ↑expectoration (for: ↑expectorate), ↑expectorator (for: ↑expectorate)
Hypernyms: ↑exhaust, ↑discharge, ↑expel, ↑eject, ↑release
cough, ↑spit, ↑ptyalize, ↑ptyalise, ↑spew, ↑spue, ↑splutter, ↑sputter, ↑spit out
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s

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cough up [phrasal verb]
cough up (something) or cough (something) up
1 : to have (something, such as blood) come up through your throat and out of your mouth when you cough

He was coughing up blood.

2 informal : to give (something, such as money or information) to someone especially when you do not want to

We had to cough up an extra hundred dollars for the car rental.

The police made the suspect cough up the names of his accomplices.

3 US, sports : to fail to keep or hold (something)

The quarterback coughed up [=fumbled] the ball.

They coughed up [=lost, gave up] the lead in the second half.

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Main Entry:cough

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ˌcough ˈup | ˌcough sthˈup derived
(informal) to give sth, especially money, unwillingly

Steve finally coughed up the money he owed us.

Main entry:coughderived

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