a lump in the throat

lump in the throat

A feeling that one is unable to speak due to sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion. I had a lump in the throat as I watched the casket of the fallen soldier return home. When Bob stood up to thank everyone at his retirement party, he got a lump in the throat, only able to nod and smile as he began tearing up.
See also: lump, throat

a lump in the throat

a feeling of tightness or dryness in the throat caused by strong emotion, especially grief.
See also: lump, throat
References in classic literature ?
He cleared the hilt of his cutlass and loosened the blade in the sheath; and all the time we were waiting there he kept swallowing as if he felt what we used to call a lump in the throat.
Under normal circumstances we don't notice it, but if we're anxious, depressed or stressed out we become obsessed with the sensation of a lump in the throat.
If the opening edition of this drama caused a lump in the throat, you'll no doubt be weeping uncontrollably at its conclusion.
And there may be times when we can put a lump in the throat, causing our growers to pause and to put into perspective the things that really do matter.
Under normal circumstances we don't notice it, but if we're anxious, depressed or stressed we become obsessed with the sensation of a lump in the throat.