Meaning of “cough sth up” in the English Dictionary

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"cough (sth) up" in Business English

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cough (sth) up

informal
phrasal verb with cough uk /kɒf/ us 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)