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cough sth up

phrasal verb with cough uk   /kɒf/  us   /kɑːf/ verb [I]

cough (sth) up

informal
phrasal verb with cough uk   /kɒf/  us   /kɑːf/ verb [I]
to ​producemoney or ​informationunwillingly: I've just had to ​cough up £40 for a ​parkingfine.
(Definition of cough sth up from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cough (sth) up" in Business English

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cough (sth) up

informal
phrasal verb with cough uk   us   /kɒf/ verb
to give ​money, especially when you do not really want to or when a large ​amount is involved: A ​plan for how the ​money should be ​spent was ​presented, in the hope of persuading ​donors to cough up.
(Definition of cough (sth) up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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