frog in (one's) throat

frog in (one's) throat

Difficulty talking because of the need to cough or clear one's throat. It's taking a long time to get over this cold. I'm tired of feeling like I have a frog in my throat every time I try to talk.
See also: frog, throat

*a frog in one's throat

Fig. a feeling of hoarseness or a lump in one's throat. (Often regarded as a sign of fear. *Typically: get ~; have ~.) I feel like I'm getting a frog in my throat when I have to speak in public. She says she gets a frog in her throat when she is nervous.
See also: frog, throat

a frog in your throat

If you have a frog in your throat, you find it difficult to speak clearly because you need to cough. I've got a bit of a cough, excuse me, a frog in my throat. You may have a frog in your throat, but that's no excuse for not belting out that aria. Compare with a lump in your throat. Note: In medieval times, there was a belief that if you drank water containing frogspawn (= frogs' eggs), the frogs would grow inside your body. People believed that sore throats and coughing could be caused by the frogs trying to escape from your stomach through your throat.
See also: frog, throat