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.
See also: clear, throat
References in classic literature ?
clear my throat! --I've been thinking over it ever since, and that ha, ha's the final consequence.
Elena Passarello, Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays (Sarabande Books, 2012) "Walkman," by Michael Robbins, online at theparisreview.org (Issue 218, Fall 2016) and the playlist concluding Robbins's Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music (Simon 8c Schuster 2017), which mixes Matsuo Basho, Beyonce, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the Beastie Boys.
Colette said: "I was halfway through my main course of duck and I realised I could not clear my throat.
Seeing only the outline of shadows here and there I would clear my throat and begin.
"Let Me Clear My Throat" is a collection of essays discussing the literary elements of poetry that encourages readers to piece together their thoughts on the works of poetry, how words become lyrics, and much to think about on the power of language.
IN HONOR OF MY FATHER I'm first going to clear my throat. (He clears his throat) ...
The air tasted awful and I spat repeatedly to clear my throat. Children gathered around me to witness the spectacle.
Q I HAVE to clear my throat every few minutes due to a build-up of phlegm.
about two days ago, I had to continuously clear my throat, although it was not sore.