cough medicine


cough medicine
   a spirituous intoxicant
   Usually whisky, from the colour and from the pretence of medicinal value, in humorous speech. Cough syrup may mean the same thing, but can also, in criminal circles, be a bribe to prevent a possible informer talking.

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  • Cough medicine — Cough syrup redirects here. For the Young the Giant song, see Cough Syrup (song). Cough medicine often contains cough suppressants or expectorants. A cough medicine (or linctus, when in syrup form) is a medicinal drug used in an attempt to treat… …   Wikipedia

  • cough medicine — ˈcough mixture f22 [cough mixture] (BrE) (also ˈcough syrup, ˈcough medicine …   Useful english dictionary

  • cough medicine — cough medicines N MASS Cough medicine is liquid medicine that you take when you have a cough …   English dictionary

  • cough drop — n a lozenge or troche used to relieve coughing …   Medical dictionary

  • cough syrup — n any of various sweet usu. medicated liquids used to relieve coughing …   Medical dictionary

  • Cough — A young boy coughing due to pertussis (Whooping Cough). ICD 10 R05 ICD …   Wikipedia

  • cough mixture — noun A liquid medicine to relieve a cough • • • Main Entry: ↑cough * * * cough mixture UK US noun [countable/uncountable] [singular cough mixture plural cough mix …   Useful english dictionary

  • cough mixture — cough .mixture also cough .syrup or cough .medicine n [U] a thick, usually sweet, liquid containing medicine that helps you to stop coughing …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Cough — A rapid expulsion of air from the lungs typically in order to clear the lung airways of fluids, mucus, or material. Also called tussis. * * * 1. A sudden explosive forcing of air through the glottis, occurring immediately on opening the… …   Medical dictionary

  • cough mixture — cough mixtures N MASS Cough mixture is the same as cough medicine. [BRIT] …   English dictionary


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