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
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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.
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: ".