Meaning of Idiom ‘Frog in One’s Throat’
To have a frog in your (his, her, etc.) throat means to be speaking in a husky voice because you have a cold and perhaps have a small amount of mucus (or phlegm) lodged in your throat or because your throat feels dry or irritated.
To have a frog in your throat means the same thing as hoarseness; to be hoarse or have a hoarse voice.
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Examples Of Use
“Sorry, I’ve got a frog in my throat. It’s this darn cold.”
“Elisha had a frog in her throat so she was afraid to go out on stage and sing.”
“Oh, sounds like you have a frog in your throat. Are you feeling OK?”
Origin of Idiom
This idiom has been used since around 1900. It alludes to a person speaking with a froglike croak.
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