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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But when they are about to give up searching for Him, God would clear his throat and say a word so loud, thereby revealing His location.
As the field approached every fence he would emit a nervous "huh" and clear his throat.
HE CONFESSES to taking 500 words just to clear his throat.
Approximately 50 days later, his leg began to feel numb, and he experienced a continuous headache, pain at the site of the bite, convulsions, frequent urge to clear his throat, hiccups, nausea, difficulty in swallowing, dry lips, slightly elevated body temperature (37[degrees]C-37.
GLENDALE - Lance Miller, the smoothest speaker on the globe, does not harrumph, clear his throat or clog his oratory with ums, ahhs, or the dreaded ``like.
But she did not try to clear his throat and mouth of food, said Miss Fitzgerald.
He was complaining on a regular basis of a headache and sore throat and made strenuous efforts to clear his throat.
Peter said: "I was giving mouth-to-mouth and the other nurse was using the straw to clear his throat.
Because he suffered from Parkinson's Disease he was unable to clear his throat.
QMY 12-year-old labrador-cross tries to clear his throat two or three times a day.
He continued coughing and trying to clear his throat, and finally he began to wheeze.
Little Stuart's windpipe is too narrow and his mum uses the rare Devilbiss machine to clear his throat about 30 times a day.
The Tory leader has become a figure of fun for his inability to speak in public because of having to constantly clear his throat.
after the champion's big wins, began to clear his throat.
Still svelte though showing puffiness in his cheeks, he chuckles at himself when he has to clear his throat or blows lines from songs (which is fairly frequent) and makes lugubrious private jokes on stage - he tells his audience the film he's shooting is called ``Elvis Shakes His Excess Off.