clear (one's) throat

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clear (one's) throat

1. Literally, to cough or make a guttural sound in an attempt to relieve a blockage in the throat, as is often caused by phlegm. I'm worried that I'm getting sick because I've had to clear my throat constantly all day long.
2. To make a coughing sound in order to attract attention. When the boss cleared her throat, we immediately stopped talking so that she could start the meeting.
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clear your ˈthroat

cough slightly, especially before speaking or to attract somebody’s attention: The lawyer stood up, cleared his throat and began to address the jury.
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Taking off our clothes is a metaphor for that" Actress Patricia Hodge on playing in Calendar Girls "For me, religious faith is rooted in the mess of real life" James MacMillan, who has been described as Scotland's greatest musical export "It will clear our throats and we'll be OK.
With the unveiling of our first major game title this summer, we felt it was time for us to clear our throats and make our presence known.