verb (inf=to coug it, coug it, - , - , - )
Etymology: Slang term unique to the sports culture of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The term was born out of reference to the Washington State University "Cougars", the football and basketball teams of which have notable histories of losing games in waning moments.
(context, US, idiom, slang) To suddenly lose a contest through reversal of fortune, mistakes, or bad judgment. The phrase is analogous to "blow it", or "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".
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