Cleared their throats - 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
In the stands, 50,000 Reds cleared their throats
(and dried their eyes) for the second half.
His oil field work pals cleared their throats
and shuffled their muddy, tar-stained work boots.