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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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Being able to cough and clear one's throat could help people recover from respiratory infections that might otherwise be fatal.
To ask so bold a question, one must first clear one's throat. That is, to take the future actions of scholars and educators as one's subject, one must first deal with a fair amount of contingent questions: can men speak sensibly about the future?
hawken from the Lenni Lenape meaning to clear one's throat