Clear my throat - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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.
References in periodicals archive
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
IN HONOR OF MY FATHER I'm first going to clear my throat
The air tasted awful and I spat repeatedly to clear my throat
about two days ago, I had to continuously clear my throat
, although it was not sore.
I clear my throat
and announce in a clear, confident voice: ".