A cough added for "punctuation" during a long speech to prevent run-on sentences, or to prepare the speaker when s/he isn't sure of what to say next.
You know the speaker is bored when he makes one too many courtesy coughs.
by pentozali November 10, 2006
Something that you do when you need to fart in a public place, and you know it's gonna be a loud one.
My Courtesy cough covered the noise, but there was no way i could cover the smell =D
by Wise Man October 07, 2003
The cough, necessary or not, made by a bathroom stall dweller, alerting outsiders that the stall is in use.
With the stall lock broken, Brad felt the need to give a courtesy cough, just in case someone felt the need to intrude on his private poop area.
by TheSein September 13, 2011
When someone's cell phone goes off in a classroom and everyone in that area coughs to cover it up. Normally used by students at up-tight high schools.
Megan's phone started goin off in English so we all gave her a courtesy cough so that the teacher wouldn't hear it.
by scottie does know December 16, 2005

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