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: to expel air from the lungs suddenly with a sharp, short noise : to emit a cough (see 2cough 1)
: to make a noise like that of coughing
: to expel by coughing
: a sudden, sharp-sounding expulsion of air from the lungs acting as a protective mechanism to clear the air passages or as a symptom of pulmonary disturbance
: a condition marked by repeated or frequent coughing
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