a frog in your throat

a frog in (one's) throat

The feeling that something is caught or stuck in one's throat. Could refer to actual hoarseness or the inability to speak due to fear. This cold has left me with such a frog in my throat that I can barely talk! A: "Elise couldn't say a word in the meeting and looked completely terrified." B: "Man, she must have had a frog in her throat."
See also: frog, 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 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.
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GETTING a frog in your throat is never pleasant - and it looks like this snake has bitten off a lot more than it can chew.
Some tunes are so emotional they could put a frog in your throat, while others so fiery and energetic you felt like dancing on tables.
At the top of your opponent's back-swing is a good time to feel a frog in your throat.
GETTING a frog in your throat is never pleasant - but it looks like this snake has really bitten off more than it can chew.