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frog in (one's) throat
Difficulty talking because of the need to cough or clear one's throat. It's taking a long time to get over this cold. I'm tired of feeling like I have a frog in my throat every time I try to talk.
*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.
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.