have a frog in (one's) throat

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have a frog in (one's) throat

To feel as though something is caught or stuck in one's throat. Can refer to actual hoarseness or the inability to speak due to fear. I have such a frog in my throat from this cold that I can barely talk! Elise couldn't say a word in the meeting and looked completely terrified. She must have had a frog in her throat.
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have a frog in your throat

lose your voice or find it hard to speak because of hoarseness or an apparent impediment in your throat. informal
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have a ˈfrog in your throat

(informal) not be able to speak clearly because your throat is sore, you want to cough, etc: She had a frog in her throat, so she had a drink of water before she went on speaking.
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References in classic literature ?
It bashfully, almost apologetically, gives the traveller to understand that it does not expect him, on the good old constitutional hotel plan, to order a pint of sweet blacking for his drinking, and throw it away; but insinuates that he may have his boots blacked instead of his stomach, and maybe also have bed, breakfast, attendance, and a porter up all night, for a certain fixed charge.