lump in (one's) throat

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lump in (one's) throat

A feeling that one is unable to speak due to sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion. I had a lump in my throat as I watched the casket of the fallen soldier return home. When Bob stood up to thank everyone at his retirement party, he got a lump in his throat and just had to nod and smile as he teared up.
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*lump in one's throat

the feeling of something in one's throat -- as if one were going to cry. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) Whenever they play the national anthem, I get a lump in my throat. I have a lump in my throat because I'm frightened.
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lump in one's throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion, as in The bride's mother had a lump in her throat. This expression likens the sense of a physical swelling to the tight sensation caused by strong feelings. [Mid-1800s]
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a lump in your throat

COMMON If you have a lump in your throat, you feel as though you might cry. Meg felt a lump in her throat. She was going to miss Dot. Note: You can also say that something brings a lump to your throat. It brings a lump to my throat. We are so proud of her. Compare with a frog in your throat.
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lump in (one's) throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
See also: lump, throat
References in classic literature ?
Philip felt a little lump in his throat. He seemed to realise in a fashion the hopeless bitterness of the old man's struggle, and how hard life was for him when to himself it was so pleasant.
And once, all the kids gathered around me and one of them said 'We want to give you something' - they'd had a collection and bought me a watch!" Bernie had more than a lump in his throat by the time he told me this - he was crying.
Really sad to watch Mike Cattermole signing off with a lump in his throat. Why there isn't a place in the new Channel 4 set-up for this suave and debonair gent is beyond comprehension.
3:0 CHELSEA BOLTON FRANK LAMPARD was left with a lump in his throat after Chelsea fans left little doubt who they would back in his dispute with Andre Villas-Boas.
CHELSEA 3 Luiz (48), Drogba (61), Lampard (79) BOLTON 0 FRANK LAMPARD was left with a lump in his throat after Chelsea fans left little doubt who they would back in his dispute with Andre Villas-Boas.
She meets an intriguing new boy in town who also has a lump in his throat and similar (but oddly weaker) powers.