cough up

cough up

  1. to expel from the lungs, throat, etc. by coughing
    He was coughing up blood.
  2. (idiomatic, transitive, informal) to reluctantly or unwillingly give
    1. of money to pay, disburse
      Do you think he'll be able to cough up the three grand by Tuesday?
    2. of other objects to hand over, give
      • 2013, The Big Bang Theory, season 6, episode 14:
        Cough it up, Cooper.
  3. (idiomatic) to lose a competition by one's own mistakes, usually near the end of the contest
    That team had the game won, but they coughed it up in the end.
  4. (transitive, idiomatic) To spill, to fumble
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