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have a lump in (one's) throat

To have difficulty speaking as a result of feeling that one is about to cry due to an intense emotional response to something. Though I was excited for my daughter to start her college experience, I still had a lump in my throat saying goodbye to her at the airport.
See also: have, lump, throat

get a lump in (one's) throat

To have difficulty speaking as a result of feeling that one is about to cry due to an intense emotional response to something. Though I was excited for my daughter to start her college experience, I still got a lump in my throat saying goodbye to her at the airport.
See also: get, lump, throat

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.
See also: lump, throat

lump it

An expression of annoyance and dismissal of someone or something. It means the same as "Forget it!" Well, you can lump it because I'm not staying late to help you—that project is your responsibility!
See also: lump

lump to (one's) throat

A feeling that one is unable to speak due to sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion. Watching the casket of the fallen soldier return home brought a lump to my throat.
See also: lump, throat

bring a lump to (one's) throat

To cause one to feel sadness, anxiety, or another strong emotion that renders one unable to speak. Watching the casket of the fallen soldier return home brought a lump to my throat.
See also: bring, lump, throat

like it or lump it

Whether you like it or not, as of a situation that one cannot change. Well, like it or lump it, this old, falling-down hotel is the only one with rooms available this weekend.
See also: like, lump

take (one's) lumps

To persevere despite challenges. I know that I have to take my lumps as an intern to earn the other employees' trust and move up the corporate ladder.
See also: lump, take

get one's lumps

Inf. to get the result or punishment one deserves. (See also take one's lumps.) If she keeps acting that way, she'll get her lumps. We will see that Dave gets his lumps.
See also: get, lump

If you don't like it, (you can) lump it.

Prov. Things cannot be changed to suit your preferences. We're having fish for dinner tonight. And if you don't like it, you can lump it. We're going to go visit Aunt Sally this weekend. If you don't like it, lump it.
See also: if, like, lump

Like it or lump it!

Inf. There is no other choice. Take that or none. John: I don't like this room. It's too small. Bill: Like it or lump it. That's all we've got. Jane: I don't want to be talked to like that. Sue: Well, like it or lump it! That's the way we talk around here.
See also: like, lump

*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.
See also: lump, throat

Lump it!

Inf. Forget it!; Go away! Well, you can just lump it! Lump it! Drop dead!
See also: lump

lump someone and someone else together

 and lump something and something else together
to classify people or things as members of the same category. You just can't lump Bill and Ted together. They are totally different kinds of people. I tend to lump apples and oranges together.
See also: and, else, lump, together

take one's lumps

Inf. to accept the result or punishment one deserves. (See also get one's lumps.) You've got to learn to take your lumps if you're going to be in politics. I hate taking my lumps. I'd rather pretend nothing had happened.
See also: lump, take

like it or lump it

Also, if you don't like it you can lump it. Whether or not you want to, as in Like it or lump it, we're staying home this summer. The origin of lump in this idiom is unclear; one writer believes it to be a euphemism for stuff it, a not unreasonable conjecture. [Early 1800s]
See also: like, lump

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]
See also: lump, throat

like it or lump it

mainly BRITISH, INFORMAL
People say like it or lump it to mean that you have to accept a situation even if you do not like it. This is the way our system works: like it or lump it. If you're a shareholder in the club then you can influence way things are run. But as a paying customer you like it or lump it. Note: You can also say that someone will have to lump it when they have to accept a situation whether they want to or not. When we pointed out they'd taken part of our garden, they said they hadn't even noticed. We just had to lump it.
See also: like, lump

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 together

v.
To put people or things in the same group or category indiscriminately: The teacher lumped the puzzles and the books together in the toy box. Those students are friends, but I wouldn't lump them together in the same clique.
See also: lump, together

lump with

v.
To put someone or something in the same group or category as some other person or thing: My roommates lumped their CD collection with mine. The uniforms from the visiting team got lumped with ours after the game.
See also: lump

get one’s lumps

tv. to get the result or punishment one deserves. (see also take one’s lumps.) If she keeps acting that way, she’ll get her lumps.
See also: get, lump

Like it or lump it!

exclam. Give up!; Shut up!; Accept it or go away! (see also Lump it!.) If you don’t want to do it my way, like it or lump it!
See also: like, lump

lump

n. a stupid clod of a person. I am not a lump! I am just sedate and pensive.

Lump it!

exclam. Forget it!; Go away! (see also Like it or lump it!.) Well, you can just lump it!
See also: lump

take one’s lumps

tv. to accept the result or punishment one deserves. (see also get one’s lumps.) You’ve got to learn to take your lumps if you’re going to be in politics.
See also: lump, take

lump in (one's) throat

A feeling of constriction in the throat caused by emotion.
See also: lump, throat
References in classic literature ?
He was still in the air and in most unstable equilibrium, when the teamster hurled a thirty-pound lump of coal.
And, mind you, when a girl tries to catch anything in her lap she throws her knees apart; she don't clap them together, the way you did when you catched the lump of lead.
said the dairyman, who held in his left hand a wooden slice on which a lump of butter was stuck.
He's comfortable here and well looked after; make him an allowance, or give him a good lump sum in lieu of all claims.
He had learned the lesson well, and he carried on his neck a bulging lump to show where I had hit him with the rock.
They supposed that the Hen must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and in order to get the gold they killed it.
We shall lump both cases into one, and you watch out.
Some persons even got a splinter in their heart, and then it made one shudder, for their heart became like a lump of ice.
Drink it and I'll give you a lump of sugar to take the bitter taste from your mouth.
Here it is," said the Fairy, taking a lump from a golden sugar bowl.
By thy advice the heavy, unread, folio lump, which long had dozed on the dusty shelf, piecemealed into numbers, runs nimbly through the nation.
Thank you," said the old man, and he took the glass, but refused sugar, pointing to a lump he had left.
The higher the percentage of ewes in a flock with lumps during pregnancy, the higher the number of ewes with lumps in lactation, suggesting that the infection is passed within the flock.
Not all breast cancer symptoms are lumps, and in fact, around 30% of women diagnosed with breast cancer report a symptom other than a lump.
The 2- and 3-axis lump detectors Lump 2000 XY and Lump 2000 T detect the smallest lumps and neckdowns on the product surface fast, precisely, and with high reliability.