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An example use of cough in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… two war minister gu cough who was …”
Cough is the act of producing a sound by inhaling and exhaling air through the mouth and pharynx.
the word cough occurs in english on average 7.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.