Definition of cough drop in US English:

cough drop


  • A medicated lozenge sucked to relieve a cough or sore throat.

    • ‘The bathroom where I work smells like cough drops.’
    • ‘Overtly medicinal ingredients, such as horehound, wintergreen, and liquorice, turned the confections into cough drops.’
    • ‘Camphor is a frequent component of medicinal remedies such as cough drops.’
    • ‘But don't give hard candy, cough drops or throat lozenges to children under 4.’
    • ‘In cough drops and lozenges, gum arabic soothes irritated mucous membranes.’
    • ‘He reached into the depths of his baggy pants and produced two packets of cough sweets.’
    • ‘Janet was able to find his letters from the Mediterranean that alluded to his illness, as he asked for cough sweets to be sent to him.’
    • ‘Assorted medicine bottles, packs of gauze and rolls of antacids and cough drops were scattered on dirty metal shelves and the tops of unopened boxes.’
    • ‘What we thought was going to be a costume change turned out to be a nip off stage to get a cough sweet.’
    • ‘Avoid lemon candy or cough drops, which are highly acidic, as well as caffeine and alcohol (including in mouthwashes), which can dry out the mouth.’
    • ‘You seemed like you needed a cough drop at first or something.’
    • ‘He treated the throat by alternating between sucking on cough drops and chain smoking.’
    • ‘But if you have asthma, the season poses a more serious threat than tissues and cough drops can handle.’
    • ‘She reached her hand into her purse and rummaged through the random movie stubs, cough drops, and lip-gloss, until her fingers closed around a glass bottle.’
    • ‘Jeremy didn't even use cough drops for his colds.’
    • ‘Also, take cough drops, throat lozenges or hard candy, which will make you salivate, keeping your throat wet and suppressing coughing.’
    • ‘Kiosks dispensing complimentary cough drops have been added recently to the lobbies.’
    • ‘I had demanded cough drops and cold tablets, but Adam had refused to stop by the pharmacy since it was ‘out of his way’.’
    • ‘Heavy users of garlic, cough sweets or chewing gum will similarly find their tasting faculties impaired.’
    • ‘I sometimes sucked on cough drops to escape moments of boredom.’
    pastille, tablet, pill, capsule, pilule, drop
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cough drop

/ˈkäf ˌdräp/