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noun [countable] cough pronunciation in American English /kɑf/ 
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pluralcoughs
  1. 1
    the action of coughing, or the sound you make when you cough

    He gave an embarrassed cough and looked at the floor.

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coughing

noun [uncountable]

a fit of coughing

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