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stick in one's craw

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Also, stick in one's throat.

1

Be unable to say something, as in I meant to apologize but the words stuck in my craw. [Early 1600s]

2

Be so offensive that one can't tolerate it, as in That obscene art exhibit stuck in my throat. [Late 1600s]

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.
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