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.
See also: clear, throat
References in classic literature ?
Miss Polly cleared her throat, and tried to swallow the lump that would scarcely let her speak.
Each in her turn stepped forward to the edge of the platform, cleared her throat, held up her manuscript
My friend and her sister left the hospital and exited the main corridor which leads to all wards, when a lady cleared her throat and spat on the pavement outside.
After an uncomfortable minute, a frail 87 year-old tentatively rose from her pew, cleared her throat and started warbling.
Jo cleared her throat and said: "Does anyone have a recipe for mackerel pate?
But the former Dundee and Celtic playmaker spent enough time here to know the fat lady hasn't even cleared her throat yet.
She cleared her throat demurely, to make her less-than-demure point.
The young mother leaned back and cleared her throat.
Momma cleared her throat and told Uncle Beasley that Miss Perkins was our guest, and that the dinner table was not the right place for fool talk.
She chatted to her friends, incessantly rustled a carrier bag, frequently cleared her throat, got up to go to the toilet, grabbing the back of my chair to do so, slurped from a cola bottle and then belched in my ear.
Something called an iPod Nano I managed to break before the Queen had even cleared her throat by trying to squeeze a CD into the back of it.
women's 400 relay press conference, she cleared her throat and without a trace of pretense began, ``My name is Marion Jones and I ran the third leg.
At that point, one of Gunter's players, Katrina Hibbert, cleared her throat and proceeded to remind everybody in the room why women's basketball is worth loving.