cough up

verb
coughed up; coughing up; coughs up

Definition of cough up

transitive verb

1 : hand over, deliver cough up the money
2 : to lose possession of (a ball or puck) during a game the quarterback coughed up the ball

Examples of cough up in a Sentence

finally got my brother to cough up the dough he owed me

First Known Use of cough up

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cough up was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Cough up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cough%20up. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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