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present tense
I/you/we/theycough up
he/she/itcoughs up
present participlecoughing up
past tensecoughed up
past participlecoughed up
  1. 1
    [transitive] same as cough1 (sense 1a)

    He was coughing up blood.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] informal to give money to pay for something, especially when you would prefer not to

    Come on, cough up, it's your turn to pay.

    cough up for:

    I had to cough up for the medical bills.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of cough up
  3. 3
    [transitive] British informal to admit something, or to give information about something that you would prefer that other people did not know

    He was eventually forced to cough up details of the crime.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of cough up
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