Learn English 175 Podcast A Frog In The Throat The Meaning Of This Common Idiom
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The idiom “A frog in my throat” means to have a croaky voice because of a sore or dry throat. Everyday English conversation is full of phrasal verbs and idioms. Using this English language is really a way for native English speakers to take shortcuts.
For example; rather than explain in great detail you have a medical condition, probably related to a cold which has resulted in a sore throat which is why my voice sounds croaky. You can just say (if someone notices you have a different sounding voice) “I have a frog in my throat” and they will most likely understand.
Just like phrasal verbs, English speakers can use idioms in several ways. Here the speaker is using an idiom to explain a croaky throat. However, the speaker could also use the idiom to explain a dry throat at a meeting or presentation which starts badly. You would also expect them to take a drink of water when they use the idiom “Sorry, I have a frog in my throat”.
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