Throat Idioms

1) at each other's throats

- fighting or arguing all the time

Example: The two boys were at each other's throats when they entered the room.

2) cut one`s (own) throat

- to experience certain failure, to do something that will cause problems now or in the future

Example: My friend is cutting his own throat if he does not make an effort to find a new job quickly.

3) force (something) down (someone`s) throat

- to force someone to do or agree to something that they do not want or like

Example: The government tried to force the new law down the public's throat.

4) get a frog in one's throat

- to get soreness in your throat that prevents you from talking well

Example: I got a frog in my throat just as I answered the phone to talk to my professor.

5) get a lump in one's throat

- to feel like there is something in your throat as if you are going to cry

Example: I got a lump in my throat as I listened to the tragic story of the woman's family.

6) grab (someone) by the throat

- to feel very interested or excited or frightened because of a performance or book or idea

Example: The ballet performance grabbed the audience by the throat and everyone left the auditorium speechless.

7) have a frog in one's throat

- to have soreness in your throat that prevents you from talking well

Example: I had a frog in my throat this morning before I left my house.

8) have a lump in one's throat

- to feel like there is something in your throat as if you were going to cry

Example: The man had a lump in his throat during his daugher's graduation.

9) jump down (someone`s) throat

- to suddenly become very angry at someone

Example: The man's wife jumped down his throat when he came home late.

10) ram (something) down (someone`s) throat

- to force someone to do or agree to something that they do not want or like

Example: My friend is always ramming his opinions down our throats.

11) shove (something) down (someone`s) throat

- to force someone to do or agree to something that they do not want or like

Example: The workers were angry because the company tried to shove the new work rules down their throats.

12) slit one`s (own) throat

- to experience certain failure, to do something that will cause problems now or in the future

Example: The man is slitting his own throat to come to work late every day.

13) stick in (someone's) throat

- an idea or situation that is difficult for you to accept and irritates or displeases you

Example: The customer's attitude sticks in my throat and I am happy to see him leave.

14) wet one's whistle

- to have a drink (one's whistle is one's throat)

Example: I stopped at a small cafe near the beach to wet my whistle.

15) words stick in one's throat

- one can hardly speak because he or she is so overcome by emotion

Example: I tried to ask the girl for a date but the words stuck in my throat and I could not say anything.

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