coughing coughing  /ˈkɑ fɪŋ/

Definition(s):

  • (n) 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

Usage(s):

  1. Frequent coughing early on helped neither his arguments nor his image.
  2. Three times she brought the trial to a halt by swooning, once coughing up blood to the shock of the courtroom.
  3. The disease, a major child killer before the childhood vaccine was introduced, can cause coughing so forceful it breaks a patient's ribs or leaves him vomiting.

News

  1. Jury finds 'Cartoon' Herrera guilty of 2009 murder in Rockford

    ROCKFORD — Kerry Davis identified his killer in the final moments of his life, whispering “Toon shot me” as blood filled his lungs. Or, those words were never spoken because Davis couldn’t speak. He was coughing up too much blood.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Rockford Register Star

  2. Microsoft gives the US government early exploit info (and why it makes sense)

    This is the last thing conspiracy theorists want to read so hot on the heels of that PRISM scandal. According to two inside sources, Microsoft is coughing up details on zero-day exploits to…
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Geek.com

  3. Pedro Strop would prefer if the home fans stop booing him

    Orioles reliever Pedro Strop has been struggling, allowing eight runs in his last four appearances, and he was booed off the mound by the home fans last night after coughing up four runs while recording one out. Afterward he talked about being bothered by the boos, telling Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun: I heard…
    on June 14, 2013     Source: NBC Sports: HardballTalk

Quotes

  1. After being shoved to the floor of his car by a Secret Service agent, Reagan wrote, "I sat up on the edge of the seat almost paralyzed by pain. Then I began coughing up blood which made both of us think -- yes, I had broken a rib & it had punctured...
    on May 1, 2007 By: Ronald Reagan Source: Reuters

  2. "I was coughing all night the other night," Hansen said. "But I was watching from the pool deck the last couple of nights and it was better. Once we got that (message) out, they got it taken care of real fast."
    on Aug 3, 2007 By: Brendan Hansen Source: SI.com

  3. "We had the lead the last couple of games and we let it slide," Crosby said. "We can't keep coughing it up, especially when we were going back and forth." "We played hard to get the lead, and tried to keep it, but just couldn't."
    on Nov 3, 2007 By: Sidney Crosby Source: USA Today

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