expectorate expectorate

Definition(s):

  1. (v) clear out the chest and lungs
  2. (v) discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth

Derived Word(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Or, especially if she isn't young and attractive, he may expectorate in her face.
  2. Third Game, For a pitcher to expectorate on a baseball to give it an eccentric curve, became illegal in 1920.
  3. In the middle of a conversation, he will often expectorate noisily into a handy spittoon.

News

  • Slump doesn’t change David Ortiz

    We use the phrase all the time without considering its derivation. But picture what “get it out of your system” actually means. There are only so many ways to sweat, expectorate or . . . uh, eliminate . . . whatever shouldn’t be there in the first place. The good news for David Ortiz is that he’s picked the right time to experience his first extended slump of 2013. The Red Sox are in first place ...
    on August 30, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

Quotes

  • "I've made it down to the river," Williams said. "Haven't taken my team yet. Haven't made the final decision if they're going to expectorate - is that the right word?"
    on Apr 2, 2005 By: Roy Williams Source: CBSSports.com

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