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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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