lump in the throat

lump in the throat

A feeling that one is unable to speak due to sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion. I had a lump in the 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 the throat, only able to nod and smile as he began tearing up.
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a lump in the throat

a feeling of tightness or dryness in the throat caused by strong emotion, especially grief.
See also: lump, throat