cough

Definitions

  • Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143
    Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cough exhale abruptly, as when one has a chest cold or congestion "The smoker coughs all day"
    • n cough a sudden noisy expulsion of air from the lungs that clears the air passages; a common symptom of upper respiratory infection or bronchitis or pneumonia or tuberculosis
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191 Coughed up over $40 the First Day, Just Giving to Beggars 191
Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose Wagging her head and stopping every minute to cough, sneeze and blow her nose

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Owls swallow their prey whole because they have no teeth. After approximately 12 hours they cough up the feathers, bones, and fur in a shape of a football pellet
    • Cough A sudden, noisy, and violent expulsion of air from the chest, caused by irritation in the air passages, or by the reflex action of nervous or gastric disorder, etc.
    • Cough The more or less frequent repetition of coughing, constituting a symptom of disease.
    • Cough To bring to a specified state by coughing; as, he coughed himself hoarse.
    • v. i Cough To expel air, or obstructing or irritating matter, from the lungs or air passages, in a noisy and violent manner.
    • Cough To expel from the lungs or air passages by coughing; -- followed by up; as, to cough up phlegm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bayer was advertising cough medicine containing heroin in 1898.
    • cough To make a more or less violent effort, accompanied with noise, to expel the air from the respiratory organs, and force out any matter that irritates the air-passages, or renders respiration difficult.
    • cough To expel from the air-passages by a more or less violent effort with noise and usually with expectoration: followed by up: as, to cough up phlegm.
    • n cough An abrupt and more or less violent and noisy expiration, excited by some irritation of the respiratory organs. It is an effort to drive out with the expelled breath secreted or foreign matters accumulated in the air-passages. The violent action of the muscles serving for expiration gives great force to the air, while the contraction of the glottis produces the sound. A cough is partly voluntary and partly involuntary, and, according to its character, is symptomatic of many bronchial, pulmonary, nervous, and other diseases, often of comparatively slight importance.
    • cough To lay up for; store as in a coffer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Giraffes have the same number of vertebrae in their necks as humans. Their lips are prehensile, their tongues are 21 inches long, and they cannot cough.
    • n Cough kof an effort of the lungs to throw off injurious matter, accompanied by a harsh sound, proceeding from the throat
    • v.i Cough to make this effort
    • v.t Cough to expel from the throat or lungs by a cough
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Quotations

  • Ethel Barrymore
    Ethel Barrymore
    “I never let them cough. They wouldn't dare.”
  • George Hebert
    George Hebert
    “Love and a cough cannot be hid.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “When at a loss how to go on, cough.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. kuchen, MHG. kchen, to breathe, G. keuchen, to pant, and E. chincough, the first part of which is prob. akin to cough,; cf. also E. choke,

Usage

In literature:

It is to be recorded to Mr. Vyner's credit that he coughed disparagingly as he eyed it.
"Salthaven" by W. W. Jacobs
But simply stopping the cough won't hasten the recovery.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
After several moments the silence below was broken by a fearful, wheezing, propulsive, strangling cough.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
Suddenly Augusta with a slight cough and a rustle of her fine skirts rose to her feet.
"Tess of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Her hands were dry and hot; and when she began to speak, a fit of coughing made utterance impossible.
"Wilton School" by Fred E. Weatherly
He coughed behind his shaky white hand, and hesitated.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
Soon afterwards, a frequent, dry cough is heard, which becomes feeble and painful as the disease proceeds.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
Finally, with a little cough and a tired sigh, he smiled on the still frowning and outraged owner of the machine.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
Mrs. Lorton coughed in a genteel fashion, and her smile grew still more self-satisfied.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
What a pity she has that affected little cough!
"Rich Enough a tale of the times" by Hannah Farnham Sawyer Lee
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In poetry:

Fever, hemoptysis, dyspnea and night sweats
The whole life that could have been
And was not
Cough, cough, cough
"Pneumothorax" by Manuel Bandeira
But yet he never loved the ship;
Against the mast he'd lean;
If spoken to, he coughed and smiled,
And blushed a pallid green.
"Of The Dangers Attending Altruism On The High Seas." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Or if I laughed,
Talked, cried, or coughed,
You smiled too, just perceptibly,
Or your large kind brown eyes said, O poor boy!
"The Chair" by John Freeman
Thart sypin weet,--dooant come near me!
Tha luks hawf pined to deeath;
An what a cough tha has! dear me!
It ommost taks thi breeath.
"That Drabbled Brat" by John Hartley
"I've got a cough," wheezed Killmanoff,
"From working in the trenches,
I'd rather fight a doggoned sight,
Than put up with the stenches.
"Troubles In The Trenches" by Abner Cosens
"Retrenchment rules in Elfland, now;
Yes, every luxury is cut off.
— Which, by the way, reminds me how
I caught this dreadful hacking cough:
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

Sangaree , 6-1 on the morning-line, was scratched after developing a cough, assistant trainer Rick Mettee said.
Scala & Kolacny Brothers isn't a cough drop or a produce company but a Belgian women's choir conducted by Stijn Kolacny, whose soaring sonic soliloquies are arranged and accompanied by pianist Steven Kolacny.
Preventing flu, whooping cough, reducing TV, and making time for play will make kids happier, healthier.
64 year-old male with a chronic dry cough and progressive shortness of breath .
If big banks are to cough up billions, shouldn't the money have something to do with the harms alleged.
There's an increase in red-watery eyes, coughing and sneezing among Anna Maria Island beach goers.
The blooms can affect humans causing eye and respiratory conditions such as coughing, sneezing , tearing and itching.
A survey by SCA, which makes commercial hygiene products, says that 40% of Americans admit they don't wash their hands after sneezing , coughing or blowing their nose.
Sore Throat , Cough Symptoms Of Virus Going Around.
4-year-old female with cough, sore throat , and fevers.
A 4-year-old girl, previously healthy, presented with 3 days of cough, sore throat , and fevers.
The FISH, thought by some to be a Super Bowl contender at the beginning of the season, (cough, gag, choke) have already been eliminated from postseason contention.
Cough meds should stay over -the-counter.
A panel of medical experts said Tuesday that cough medicines like Robitussin and Nyquil should continue to be sold over-the-counter, despite increased abuse among teenagers that has prompted calls to restrict sales of the products.
Chances are, you think you have never had whooping cough, the bacterial infection known medically as pertussis.
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