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cough verb

ADV. a bit, a little, slightly | apologetically, discreetly, nervously, politely | loudly, violently | up He vomited and began coughing up blood.

PHRASES cough and splutter The whisky made her cough and splutter. | a coughing fit He had a coughing fit and couldn't speak for a few moments. | cough into life (figurative) The old engine coughed into life.