coughing

Definitions

  • Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143
    Coughs up a Tip Every Time 143
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coughing 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

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • n coughing A violent and sonorous effort to expel the air from the lungs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bayer was advertising cough medicine containing heroin in 1898.
    • Coughing Cough down, to drown a speaker's voice by coughing, so that he must stop
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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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. coughen; cf. Dut. kuchen, Ger. keuchen, keichen, to gasp.

Usage

In literature:

Deforrest Young coughed, and Waldstricker's hand went quickly to his face.
"The Secret of the Storm Country" by Grace Miller White
Acid smoke wreathed up from the valley making Shann retch and cough.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Vomiting may be the first sign of many acute illnesses such as scarlet fever, measles, pneumonia, whooping cough, etc.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
It was a curious sound, loud and hollow and unhuman, yet it seemed to be a cough.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
If it was whooping-cough, she whooped most heartily; if it was measles, she had them thick.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
They entered, all coughing very much at the smoke.
"My Friend Smith" by Talbot Baines Reed
The usual cough medicines are not only useless in these coughs, but dangerous.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
He coughed low and meaningly; I smiled and nodded.
"Vesty of the Basins" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
The whole body is also fevered, and breathing is difficult, with cough.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Ere long no sound was heard in the camp save an occasional snore or sigh, and Drake's constant and hacking, but highly suppressed, cough.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Always in the middle of a kiss
Came the profane stimulus to cough;
Always from teh pulpit during service
Leaned the devil prompting you to laugh.
"Dirge For A Joker" by Sylvia Plath
Your gowns shall be of lace and silk,
Your laving shall be done in milk.
Two trained physicians when you cough,
And Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays off.
"Help" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And you keep both eyes on his figure,
Old fellow, and don't take them off.
You've got the sawhandled hair trigger--
You sight him and shoot when I cough. LAURENCE (Aside)
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
I hear your footsteps in the silent street,
And the awakened dog that barks at you;
Or in my sleep I hear the constant cough
That racks your lovely bosom through and through.
"The Working Girl" by Daniel Varoujan
One long look eastward and northward--
One prayer--'Our Father which art'--
And the cough chimes in with the fourth word,
And I shoot skyward--the heart. Last Scene.--'Exeunt.'
HELEN RUBY
"The Road to Avernus, Scene XI 'Ten Paces Off'" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
He touched the bones stretched on the mouldy sthraw:
"She's gone!" he says, and drew a solemn frown;
"I fear, my man, she's dead." "Of what?" says I.
He coughed, and says, "She's let her system down!"
"A Hungry Day" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

The impact of swine flu or H1N1 goes way beyond a cough and headache.
Asthma is a common disorder recognized clinically as reversible airway obstruction with cough and/or wheeze.
Similasan is one homeopathic company making a move into pediatric cough/cold.
LISTEN hard enough and you might hear a faint wheeze and rumbling cough from across the ocean.
When an epidemic of whooping cough swept Atlanta in 1932, Denmark did pioneering research on the disease that killed many babies.
A Pittsburgh woman is suing Democratic state Rep Jake Wheatley, saying he only coughed up half of the $200 prize he promised the winner of a community day cake-baking contest.
An asthma drug that offers long-acting relief of wheezing and coughing should not be used without other drugs that reduce underlying lung inflammation, two studies published today found.
The health department proposed the agenda item because of problems with the animals developing kennel cough or becoming ill while in quarantine .
Worn intellectuals with cigarette coughs and no money in the bank.
A woman who writes for one of the weekly news magazines based in New York complained of a really bad cough.
Reflux can appear in many forms, such as heartburn, regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosion.
Pertussis (whooping cough) 0 0 1.
Retraction ordered for 'absolutely false' oil of oregano whooping cough claims.
Whooping cough on the risel .
The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that metro Atlanta cases of whooping cough have nearly doubled since last year, drawing more attention to the need for vaccines.
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