cough up
transitive verb Date: 1890 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cough up — (something) 1. to allow an opponent to take the lead in a competition. Sele got a 3 0 lead in the second inning but then coughed it up in the third. 2. to pay money unwillingly. I had to cough up $35 for administration fees. Martinez s lawyers… …   New idioms dictionary

  • cough up — verb 1. give reluctantly He coughed up some money for his children s tuition • Syn: ↑pony up, ↑spit up • Hypernyms: ↑give • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • cough up — phrasal verb Word forms cough up : present tense I/you/we/they cough up he/she/it coughs up present participle coughing up past tense coughed up past participle coughed up 1) [transitive] same as cough I, 1), a) He was coughing up blood. 2)… …   English dictionary

  • cough up — PHRASAL VERB If you cough up an amount of money, you pay or spend that amount, usually when you would prefer not to. [INFORMAL] → See also cough 3) [V P n for n] I ll have to cough up $10,000 a year for tuition... [V P] Will this be enough to… …   English dictionary

  • cough up — UK US cough (sth) up Phrasal Verb with cough({{}}/kɒf/ verb INFORMAL ► to give money, especially when you do not really want to or when a large amount is involved: »A plan for how the money should be spent was presented, in the hope of persuading …   Financial and business terms

  • cough up —    If you have to cough up something, such as money or information, you give it reluctantly or unwillingly.     He refused to say who attacked him until his father made him cough up the names …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • cough up — we need to cough up the rent by next Thursday Syn: pay, pay up, come up with, hand over, dish out, part with; fork out, shell out, lay out, ante up, pony up …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • cough up — verb a) to expel from the lungs, throat, etc. by coughing He was coughing up blood. b) to pay money, to disburse. Do you think hell be able to cough up the three grand by Tuesday? …   Wiktionary

  • cough up — pay your share, pay a debt, pay up    Come on, Tony. Cough up. You haven t paid anything …   English idioms

  • cough up — v To give up, stop holding back. I know you have my glove; now, come on, cough it up. 1890s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

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