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.
See also: lump, throat

lump in (one's) throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
See also: lump, throat
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Some came away with a lump in their throat as they remembered learning to swim there with family and schoolfriends.
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These people may have a sensation of a lump in their throat, mucous sticking in their throat or an excessive desire to clear their throat.
Occasionally, patients come to the clinic fearing they have got cancer because they can 'feel' a lump in their throats. More often than not this is simply a globus pharyngeus (it used to be known as a globus hystericus because of its connection with an emotional response).