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have a lump in (one's) throat

To have difficulty speaking as a result of feeling that one is about to cry due to an intense emotional response to something. Though I was excited for my daughter to start her college experience, I still had a lump in my throat saying goodbye to her at the airport.
See also: have, lump, throat

get a lump in (one's) throat

To have difficulty speaking as a result of feeling that one is about to cry due to an intense emotional response to something. Though I was excited for my daughter to start her college experience, I still got a lump in my throat saying goodbye to her at the airport.
See also: get, lump, throat

lump in (one's) throat

A feeling that one is unable to speak due to sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion. I had a lump in my 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 his throat and just had to nod and smile as he teared up.
See also: lump, throat

lump it

An expression of annoyance and dismissal of someone or something. It means the same as "Forget it!" Well, you can lump it because I'm not staying late to help you—that project is your responsibility!
See also: lump

lump to (one's) throat

A feeling that one is unable to speak due to sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion. Watching the casket of the fallen soldier return home brought a lump to my throat.
See also: lump, throat

bring a lump to (one's) throat

To cause one to feel sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion that renders one unable to speak. Watching the casket of the fallen soldier return home brought a lump to my throat.
See also: bring, lump, throat

get one's lumps

Inf. to get the result or punishment one deserves. (See also take one's lumps.) If she keeps acting that way, she'll get her lumps. We will see that Dave gets his lumps.
See also: get, lump

If you don't like it, (you can) lump it.

Prov. Things cannot be changed to suit your preferences. We're having fish for dinner tonight. And if you don't like it, you can lump it. We're going to go visit Aunt Sally this weekend. If you don't like it, lump it.
See also: if, like, lump

Like it or lump it!

Inf. There is no other choice. Take that or none. John: I don't like this room. It's too small. Bill: Like it or lump it. That's all we've got. Jane: I don't want to be talked to like that. Sue: Well, like it or lump it! That's the way we talk around here.
See also: like, lump

*lump in one's throat

the feeling of something in one's throat -- as if one were going to cry. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) Whenever they play the national anthem, I get a lump in my throat. I have a lump in my throat because I'm frightened.
See also: lump, throat

Lump it!

Inf. Forget it!; Go away! Well, you can just lump it! Lump it! Drop dead!
See also: lump

lump someone and someone else together

 and lump something and something else together
to classify people or things as members of the same category. You just can't lump Bill and Ted together. They are totally different kinds of people. I tend to lump apples and oranges together.
See also: and, else, lump, together

take one's lumps

Inf. to accept the result or punishment one deserves. (See also get one's lumps.) You've got to learn to take your lumps if you're going to be in politics. I hate taking my lumps. I'd rather pretend nothing had happened.
See also: lump, take

a lump in your throat

a strong feeling of emotion that makes speaking difficult He still couldn't watch the video without getting a lump in his throat, and he wasn't the only one.
See also: lump, throat

take your lumps

to experience and accept difficulties as part of doing something When unemployment increased, the Midwest took its lumps earlier than the East, but recovered faster.
Etymology: based on the idea of a fighter being able to take lumps (accept swelling in parts of the body)
See also: lump, take

bring a lump to your throat

if something someone says or does brings a lump to your throat, it makes you feel such strong emotions that you want to cry I thought it was a very moving speech. It almost brought a lump to my throat.
See also: bring, lump, throat

like it or lump it

  (informal)
if you tell someone to like it or lump it, you mean they must accept a situation they do not like, because they cannot change it The fact remains, that's all we're going to pay him and he can like it or lump it. Like it or lump it, romantic fiction is read regularly by thousands.
See be of like mind
See also: like, lump

take your lumps

  (American)
to receive and accept criticism or punishment for something you have done Joe blames nobody but himself for his problems. He takes his lumps and doesn't complain.
See also: lump, take

like it or lump it

Also, if you don't like it you can lump it. Whether or not you want to, as in Like it or lump it, we're staying home this summer. The origin of lump in this idiom is unclear; one writer believes it to be a euphemism for stuff it, a not unreasonable conjecture. [Early 1800s]
See also: like, lump

lump in one's throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion, as in The bride's mother had a lump in her throat. This expression likens the sense of a physical swelling to the tight sensation caused by strong feelings. [Mid-1800s]
See also: lump, throat

lump together

v.
To put people or things in the same group or category indiscriminately: The teacher lumped the puzzles and the books together in the toy box. Those students are friends, but I wouldn't lump them together in the same clique.
See also: lump, together

lump with

v.
To put someone or something in the same group or category as some other person or thing: My roommates lumped their CD collection with mine. The uniforms from the visiting team got lumped with ours after the game.
See also: lump

get one’s lumps

tv. to get the result or punishment one deserves. (see also take one’s lumps.) If she keeps acting that way, she’ll get her lumps.
See also: get, lump

Like it or lump it!

exclam. Give up!; Shut up!; Accept it or go away! (see also Lump it!.) If you don’t want to do it my way, like it or lump it!
See also: like, lump

lump

n. a stupid clod of a person. I am not a lump! I am just sedate and pensive.

Lump it!

exclam. Forget it!; Go away! (see also Like it or lump it!.) Well, you can just lump it!
See also: lump

take one’s lumps

tv. to accept the result or punishment one deserves. (see also get one’s lumps.) You’ve got to learn to take your lumps if you’re going to be in politics.
See also: lump, take

lump in (one's) throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
See also: lump, throat
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