cough syrup

noun

: any of various sweet usually medicated liquids used to relieve coughing

Examples of cough syrup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along the way, greeters offer free shots of cherry schnapps that taste, I’m reliably told, like cough syrup cut with paint thinner. Jesse Green, New York Times, 22 Apr. 2024 Probation records show Cadenhead, while under court supervision, largely refused to participate in counseling sessions, repeatedly left home without permission, assaulted his mother, and ingested dangerous amounts of Tylenol and cough syrup, requiring him to be briefly hospitalized. Ali Winston, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024 An open bottle of cough syrup was stored on a shelf above the food prep bench. Michael Braga, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2024 The scents included orange, lavender, vanilla extract, cumin, whiskey, red wine, ketchup, cough syrup, disinfectant and shoe polish. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 13 Feb. 2024 Robitussin cough syrup recall issued nationwide due to microbial contamination Nearly 100 million people under dense fog advisories; flood threats persist in Southeast States can't figure out how to execute inmates. Emilee Coblentz, The Enquirer, 25 Jan. 2024 Certain Robitussin Honey cough syrups are being recalled nationwide due to a potentially deadly microbial contamination. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 India suspended production at Maiden Pharmaceuticals in October last year for violations of manufacturing standards after the World Health Organization said four of its cough syrups may have killed dozens of children in Gambia. Fox News, 1 Mar. 2023 Among his critics, Dr. Wolfe acquired a reputation as a regulatory Chicken Little in his early campaigns against Alka-Seltzer, cough syrup, contact lenses, food additives, toothpaste and entire professions (dentistry, psychiatry). Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1808, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cough syrup was in 1808

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Cite this Entry

“Cough syrup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cough%20syrup. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

cough syrup

noun
: any of various sweet liquids that contain medicine and are used to relieve coughing

Medical Definition

cough syrup

noun
: any of various sweet usually medicated liquids used to relieve coughing
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