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verb cough pronunciation in British English /kɒf/
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present tense
present participlecoughing
past tensecoughed
past participlecoughed
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to force air up through your throat with a sudden noise, especially when you have a cold or when you want to get someones attention
    My chest felt painful, and I was coughing uncontrollably.
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      cough up

      [transitive] to force something such as blood out of your lungs by coughing
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a sound like a cough
    The engine coughed into life.
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