Definition of throat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θrəʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θroʊt//
    Body parts
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  1. 1   a passage in the neck through which food and air pass on their way into the body; the front part of the neck a sore throat A sob caught in his throat. He held the knife to her throat. Their throats had been cut. See related entries: Body parts
  2. 2-throated (in adjectives) having the type of throat mentioned a deep-throated roar a blue-throated macaw More Like This Compound adjectives for physical characteristics -beaked, -bellied, -billed, -blooded, -bodied, -cheeked, -chested, -eared, -eyed, -faced, -fingered, -footed, -haired, -handed, -headed, -hearted, -hipped, -lidded, -limbed, -mouthed, -necked, -nosed, -skinned, -tailed, -throated, -toothedSee worksheet.
  3. see also cut-throat
    Word OriginOld English throte, throtu, of Germanic origin; related to German Drossel. Compare with throttle.Extra examples He felt a lump in his throat, and tears forming in his eyes. His throat constricted with fear when he saw the knife. I have a sore throat. I wanted to rip his throat out. She cleared her throat, then began to speak. She felt the cold water trickle down her throat. She seized her attacker by the throat. The chemical causes eye, nose and throat irritations. The medicine left a sour taste in the back of my throat. symptoms of a cold such as a runny nose and a scratchy sore throatIdioms
    be at each other’s throats
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    (of two or more people, groups, etc.) to be fighting or arguing with each other
    to cough so that you can speak clearly to do something that is likely to harm you, especially when you are angry and trying to harm somebody else
    force/thrust/ram something down somebody’s throat
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    (informal) to try to force somebody to listen to and accept your opinions in a way that they find annoying
    have, etc. a frog in your throat
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    to lose your voice or be unable to speak clearly for a short time
    have, etc. a lump in your throat
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    to feel pressure in the throat because you are very angry or emotional
    jump down somebody’s throat
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    (informal) to react very angrily to somebody
      stick in your throat/craw (informal)
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    1. 1(of words) to be difficult or impossible to say She wanted to say how sorry she was but the words seemed to stick in her throat.
    2. 2(of a situation) to be difficult or impossible to accept; to make you angry
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: throat