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.
See also: clear, throat

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 ?
Ten years before there had been in Chicago a strike of a hundred and fifty thousand railroad employees, and thugs had been hired by the railroads to commit violence, and the President of the United States had sent in troops to break the strike, by flinging the officers of the union into jail without trial.
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.
If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood.
She managed to clear her throat before continuing: "Taking the right decisions to ensure we're growing the economy and providing those jobs for people in the first place.
Ah, yes," the attorney says, but only to clear her throat.
Lisanne Scott spotted SuBo, 49, gasping for breath and thumped her back to clear her throat.
I gave her some hard thumps and that seemed to do the trick and clear her throat," the mum added explaining the complete scenario.
She was choking and went to the sink to try to clear her throat.
Don't encourage your child to clear her throat because it irritates the throat tissues.