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a frog in (one's) throat
1. Difficulty speaking because of hoarseness or the need to cough or clear one's throat. This cold has left him with such a frog in his throat that he can barely talk! Ahem! Please excuse the frog in my throat. I suffer from seasonal allergies. Boy do I have a frog in my throat this morning! Sorry you've had to listen to nothing but throat-clearing throughout this entire phone call.
2. An inability to speak owing to some overwhelming emotion, especially fear. A: "Elise couldn't say a word in the meeting and looked completely terrified." B: "Sounds like she had a frog in her throat." I looked out at the audience staring up at me, and I tried to swallow the frog in my throat. No, I didn't sign up for the talent show because I always get a frog in my throat when I'm on stage.
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*a frog in one's throat
Fig. a feeling of hoarseness or a lump in one's throat. (Often regarded as a sign of fear. *Typically: get ~; have ~.) I feel like I'm getting a frog in my throat when I have to speak in public. She says she gets a frog in her throat when she is nervous.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
frog in one's throat
Hoarseness or phlegm in the throat, as in Can you understand me? I've got a frog in my throat. This expression probably owes its origin to the froglike croaks produced by a person with a sore throat. [c. 1900]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a frog in your throat
If you have a frog in your throat, you find it difficult to speak clearly because you need to cough. I've got a bit of a cough, excuse me, a frog in my throat. You may have a frog in your throat, but that's no excuse for not belting out that aria. Compare with a lump in your throat. Note: In medieval times, there was a belief that if you drank water containing frogspawn (= frogs' eggs), the frogs would grow inside your body. People believed that sore throats and coughing could be caused by the frogs trying to escape from your stomach through your throat.
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