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stick in (one's) throat

For something to bother one after it has happened, because it seems wrong or one cannot accept it. The way that Bob was fired has stuck in his throat all these years. If it had been handled differently, I don't think it would have affected him as much. Her comment really stuck in my throat. She was really out of line to say that.
See also: stick, throat

stick in (one's) craw

To rankle or irritate one. It really sticks in my craw that he would lie and take all the credit for my idea!
See also: craw, stick

have (something) stick in one's craw

Fig. to have something irritate or displease someone. I don't like to have someone's words stick in my craw. He meant to have the problem stick in my craw and upset me.
See also: craw, have, stick

stick in one's craw

Also, stick in one's throat.
1. Be unable to say something, as in I meant to apologize but the words stuck in my craw. [Early 1600s]
2. Be so offensive that one can't tolerate it, as in That obscene art exhibit stuck in my throat. [Late 1600s]
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stick in your craw


stick in the craw

If something sticks in your craw or sticks in the craw, you cannot accept it because it upsets you or you think it is wrong. What really sticks in my craw is the way the competition ended. There are those for whom Lapierre's appetite for self-publicity sticks in the craw.
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stick in your craw

make you angry or irritated.
Literally, this phrase means ‘stick in your throat’. A craw is the crop of a bird or insect; the transferred sense of the word to refer to a person's gullet, originally humorous, is now almost entirely confined to this expression. Compare with stick in your gizzard (at gizzard).
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stick in your ˈthroat/ˈcraw/ˈgullet

(informal) if something sticks in your throat, it is difficult or impossible to agree with or accept: It really sticks in my throat that I get paid less than the others for doing the same job.
See also: craw, gullet, stick, throat

stick in (one's) craw

To cause one to feel abiding discontent and resentment.
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stick in one's craw, to

To be so offensive or disagreeable that one cannot swallow it. This expression is the modern version of stick in one’s gizzard, gullet, or crop, all referring to portions of an animal’s digestive system. Their figurative use dates from the late seventeenth century. Jonathan Swift recorded one in Polite Conversation (1738): “Don’t let that stick in your gizzard.” Dickens used still another in a letter in 1843: “Your dedication to Peel stuck in my throat.” More recently Martin Cruz Smith wrote, “Doesn’t it stick in your craw that you got absolutely nowhere in the investigation?” (Wolves Eat Dogs, 2004).
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Berkley's latest addition to their popular Chigger Craw line is the 5-inch jumbo Chigger Craw.
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There were serious failures in the planning on the day that Lance Corporal Craw was injured and a cavalier approach to the standing orders put in place to provide for the safety of those using the range.
The Dunfermline supporters will also get a great lift from seeing prodigal son Craw back in FIfe.
An Army board of inquiry last September found L Cpl Craw died when the gun went off as he tried to kick it into the cocked position with his hand over the barrel.
Andrew Craw, 21, of Tullibody, Alloa, died just hours after arriving in Iraq in January 2004 with the 1st Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders.
It also sticks in the craw because when Cherie was at the centre of the Bristol flats scandal, she used the normality of Euan's life to survive.
It might stick in our craw that she is getting this protection but what alternative is there?
That means James Craw will get just pounds 19,000 for son Andrew - who died in January 2004 - instead of four times that sum.
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Mr Craw, from Tullibody, Clacks, said: "It's discrimination.
This is heartbreakingly obvious in the tragic killings in Iraq of Scots soldiers Gordon Gentle and Andy Craw.
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This Earth evolved for countless aeons Till "Johnny come lately's" greed and pride Invented war and millions died Man's aggressive intent sticks in our craw We're amazed as they hatch yet another war They frighten people with "He's a dictator Bomb his country first, count the bodies later" We creatures, (yes, we stupid pests ) Are bound to question: "Are man's brains best?
Maureen Craw, 58, owns a bed and breakfast in Whitley Bay.