frog in one's throat

Hoarseness or phlegm in the throat, as in Can you understand me? I've got a frog in my throat. This expression probably owes its origin to the froglike croaks produced by a person with a sore throat. [c. 1900]


Nearby words

  1. froe,
  2. froebel,
  3. froebelian,
  4. frog,
  5. frog in a small pond,
  6. frog kick,
  7. frog lily,
  8. frog march,
  9. frog orchid,
  10. frog pad

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