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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

v. - Discharge (phlegm or sputum) from the lungs and out of the mouth; Clear out the chest and lungs.

Usage examples (34)
  • It can be chronic, as with a smoker's cough and attendant poor ability to expectorate excessive mucus.
  • It just means you need to really stop and ask yourself whether you want to use the word 'expectorate' when what you mean is 'spit.'
  • He reached the futtock rigging, and stopped to expectorate.
  • He must be careful, also, not to expectorate across the table, for more
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