One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cough or spit out (phlegm) from the throat or lungs.‘she was expectorating dirty coloured sputum’no object ‘a sign asks visitors not to expectorate in the sinks’
- ‘He looked at me as if I'd expectorated into the ‘stuffing.’’
- ‘There used to be notices against expectorating in public places, though how many accomplished spitters understood them in order to obey can only be guessed.’
- ‘My wife and I attended a Prom the other night and were treated to an invigorating and enthusiastic display of sneezing, coughing and expectorating.’
- ‘While he doesn't prove that nobody ever expectorated on a serviceman - you can't prove a negative, after all - he reduces the claim to an urban myth.’
- ‘For each sample, they collected saliva in their mouths for a minute, and then expectorated slowly through a straw into a cryotube.’
- ‘Besides, who could like an instrument where all you do is expectorate into metal tubes!’
- ‘A major advantage of sputum induction, however, is that patients who are normally unable to expectorate can almost always produce sputum after inhaling hypertonic saline.’
- ‘When I came to spit it out, he offered me the cup, so I was was forced to expectorate into a three-inch deep slurry of chewing tobacco.’
- ‘Even the thought of pitchers expectorating on the ball was repulsive to some people.’
- ‘However, sampling may be difficult in the younger patients and in patients with mild disease who do not expectorate.’
- ‘People expectorating on the pavement is not a big issue in this city.’
- ‘In our study, almost half of the subjects completing both visits did not expectorate regularly, and thus we had almost twice the number of subjects for analysis.’
- ‘Protein in the diaphragm and intercostal muscles has been depleted, impairing the patient's ability to deep breathe, expectorate, and clear microbes from the lungs.’
- ‘He once suggested that my brother handle a bully by puffing up his chest and announcing, ‘If you come near me, I'll expectorate in your countenance.’’
- ‘‘Oh, you've seen the magazine then,’ I enquired as he expectorated into the bathroom sink.’
- ‘Phlegm is said to be either substantial or insubstantial, meaning that it can either be the mucous we expectorate and drool or a kind of ‘fog’ that blocks the sensory, organs.’
- ‘The other thing I read this morning in the paper is they are doubling fines for expectorating.’
- ‘As anyone whose had a general anaesthetic will know, you have to cough and expectorate hard pretty much as soon as you come round to clear the anaesthetic out of your lungs.’
- ‘According to an independent survey on spitting this year showed that 300 million Chinese expectorate in public.’
- ‘The actor is the only one of that illustrious quartet who openly uses a spittoon, clears his throat and expectorates into the receptacle below his desk.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘enable sputum to be coughed up’, referring to medicine): from Latin expectorat- ‘expelled from the chest’, from the verb expectorare, from ex- ‘out’ + pectus, pector- ‘breast’.
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