cough up

redgiant

Senior Member
Cantonese, Hong Kong
Mike, Paul and the mayor were being mugged by a female thief in a rundown area. She was demanding their wallets.

A thief: Now, everyone cough up their wallets.
Source: Spin City Three Men and a Little Lady

Does "Cough up" sound weird to you in this situation, considering its unwilling/reluctant connotation. It sounds like the thief was making a demand from the victims' viewpoints.
 
  • MrAbh

    Senior Member
    Hindi & English
    Mike, Paul and the mayor were being mugged by a female thief in a rundown area. She was demanding their wallets.



    Source: Spin City Three Men and a Little Lady

    Does "Cough up" sound weird to you in this situation, considering its unwilling/reluctant connotation. It sounds like the thief was making a demand from the victims' viewpoints.
    "Cough up" is a phrasal verb, it could mean here : take out
     

    Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    considering its unwilling/reluctant connotation. It sounds like the thief was making a demand from the victims' viewpoints.
    Are people ever eager to give their valuables to a thief who asks politely? No, they aren't and the thieves know it.
     
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