spit 2 FOOD/DRINK ETC [transitive] to force something out of your mouth

Billy stood up slowly, rubbed his jaw, and spat blood.

spit something out

Diana tasted her martini and quickly spat it out.

Now you have just eaten some fish and some tiny bones got stuck in your throat.

Now you managed to force these tiny bones all the way out of your mouth.

Is it correct to say "I spat the bones out"?

But it seems "spit" emphasizes to push something in your mouth out of it and not a good choice to say to force something all the way out of your throat + your mouth.

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    We say: cough them up. And it might even call for the Heimlich maneuver.
    – Lambie
    Commented Jul 20, 2020 at 15:59

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If a two part action, then 'coughed it up and spat it out'. If a one part action, "Coughed it out"... altho that is not a very common usage, probably because it is not a very common action. Normally we cough the thing up to our mouth, and then spit it out.

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