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

Examples of cough up in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of cough up

1890



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