To cough down


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To cough down to silence or put down (an objectionable speaker) by simulated coughing.
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In literature:

Then he turned dark red; then he rocked to and fro; then he coughed and wheezed till the tears ran down his face.
"Rewards and Fairies" by Rudyard Kipling
A handful of 'dobe dust sprang from the corner of the building and sifted down upon them, causing Red to cough.
"Bar-20 Days" by Clarence E. Mulford
In the midst of "Now I lay me down to sleep," she gave a slight cough!
"Sketches New and Old, Part 2." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Oftentimes he would get tired and begin to cough and Connie would make him sit down and rest.
"Roy Blakeley" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Puss Parker fell to coughing violently, having sucked down a large quantity of smoke.
"Frank Merriwell at Yale" by Burt L. Standish
But when he was about to speak was he taken with such a coughing & choking that he could not get forth a word, and down sat he again.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
He sank down again on the floor, face to the boards, coughing hard.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
I tied it into my handkerchief, opened, and swung it down to her, and she got her lips around it and coughed it down.
"Margarita's Soul" by Ingraham Lovell
When, however, he had spoken for three hours, he allowed himself to be coughed down.
"The Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
Down among the cattle a steer coughed, or grunted as it got awkwardly to its feet.
"The Biography of a Prairie Girl" by Eleanor Gates
Lerrys and I leaped down and hauled Regis clear; he coughed, spitting icy water, drenched to the skin.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Up the track he heard a roll of stormy coughs from the engine gathering push to shove the string of flats down.
"Held for Orders" by Frank H. Spearman
He tried to shake them down for a big sum, threatening to spill everything to the police if they didn't cough up.
"Signal in the Dark" by Mildred A. Wirt
He coughed and gurgled, but he managed to swallow it down.
"The Weight of the Crown" by Fred M. White
Something fell down in the kitchen; Kate began to cough again; how long time must seem to him!
"In God's Way" by Björnstjerne Björnson
I made him try to lie down in bed; this he could not do, owing to the coughing fit it excited while in that posture.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
Down went my man, and began to cough out broken molars.
"Tales of Secret Egypt" by Sax Rohmer
He made Joey lie down, and told him to sleep; but a coughing fit prevented that.
"Tales of Mean Streets" by Arthur Morrison
I cough so when I lie down that I keep up and going all I can, for then I seem to feel the best.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
After tea he had a violent fit of coughing and thought he must lie down to rest for a bit.
"Johnny Ludlow. First Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In news:

No, I don't have fever, flu, hacking cough, sore throat or any similar ailments, but as I count down the ten days remaining to Rock n Roll, I keep imagining I'll come down with something.
All the way from DC, across the Potomac, down through Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky, multiplied millions were awakened from their sleep to the sound of coughing, gagging, and other unknown sounds.
Thankfully, I don't often become ill, but when the courtroom was an orchestra of hacking, coughing and sneezing this week, I asked to be hosed down in Lysol.
We all know that no matter what the youngster's preach about today's (cough) music scene, it all comes back down to certain elements of the past.
Some teens are downing entire bottles of cough syrup in an attempt to get high and now the Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to restrict access to such drugs.
Last July 4, when I was about to give birth, I came down with a cough.