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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References in classic literature ?
Again the other cleared his throat and spoke with painstaking and judicial slowness.
Messner hemmed, cleared his throat, and hemmed again, semi- apologetically, and said, "I need some money.
Alexey Alexandrovitch cleared his throat, and not looking at his opponent, but selecting, as he always did while he was delivering his speeches, the first person sitting opposite him, an inoffensive little old man, who never had an opinion of any sort in the Commission, began to expound his views.
As he approached Lord George's door, he cleared his throat and hummed more vigorously.
Captain Cook has compared it to a man clearing his throat, but certainly no European ever cleared his throat with so many hoarse, guttural, and clicking sounds.
More than once he had cleared his throat, and drawn in the long, deep, and tremulous breath, which, when sent forth again, would come burdened with the black secret of his soul.
The Mason cleared his throat huskily, as old men do, and called his servant.
Instead, he cleared his throat, and began to speakto improvise, spontaneously weaving together ideas and images, anecdotes and insights.
Her grandfather cleared his throat and said, "I found that book you wanted".
Hearing the verdicts, Mr Whittle smiled and cleared his throat.
I was coming out of the Pontprennau Asda recently when the chap in front of me, who was not that young (probably about 35), cleared his throat and spat immediately outside the doors of this supermarket.
Tecwen Whittock, aged 53, repeatedly cleared his throat to lead Charles Ingram to the correct answers out of the four possible options on the popular ITV1 quiz.
Confusion reigned in an Ontario courtroom in 1997 when the jury foreman cleared his throat in the middle of delivering a verdict in an attempted murder trial.
LAST week's sham DUP outrage as Martin McGuinness coughed up, or at least slightly cleared his throat on his paramilitary past, suggests they don't read newspapers.
He stood at attention as Toledo cleared his throat and informed McCann that he would be .