cough up

verb

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

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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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