throat


throat
throat [thrōt]
n.
[ME throte < OE, akin to Ger dross(el), throat < IE * (s)treu-, swollen, stretched < base * (s)ter-, stiff > STARE]
1. the front part of the neck
2. the upper part of the passage leading from the mouth and nose to the stomach and lungs, including the pharynx and the upper larynx, trachea, and esophagus
3. any narrow passage, part, or entrance
vt.
Archaic to pronounce or sing in the throat, i.e., with a harsh, guttural quality
to pronounce or sing in the throat, i.e., with a harsh, guttural quality
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cut each other's throats
Informal to ruin each other, as by underselling in business
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cut one's own throat
Informal to be the means of one's own ruin
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jump down someone's throat
Informal to attack or criticize someone suddenly and violently
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ram something down someone's throat
to force someone to accept, hear, etc. something
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stick in one's throat
to be hard for one to say, as from reluctance

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • throat — [ θrout ] noun count *** 1. ) the area at the back of your mouth and inside your neck: The curry was still burning his throat. She s in bed with a throat infection. sore throat: Have we got any medicine for a sore throat? => FROG 2. ) your… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • throat — W3S3 [θrəut US θrout] n ↑artery, ↑brain, ↑fatty, ↑tissue, ↑heart, ↑kidney, ↑intestine, ↑intestine2, ↑small, ↑large, ↑liver, ↑ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Throat — (thr[=o]t), n. [OE. throte, AS. [thorn]rote, [thorn]rotu; akin to OHG. drozza, G. drossel; cf. OFries. & D. stort. Cf. {Throttle}.] 1. (Anat.) (a) The part of the neck in front of, or ventral to, the vertebral column. (b) Hence, the passage… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throat — throat; throat·ed; throat·i·ly; throat·i·ness; throat·ing; throat·less; …   English syllables

  • throat´i|ly — throat|y «THROH tee», adjective, throat|i|er, throat|i|est. 1. produced or modified in the throat; guttural or velar: »The young girl had a throaty voice. 2. low pitched and resonant: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • throat|y — «THROH tee», adjective, throat|i|er, throat|i|est. 1. produced or modified in the throat; guttural or velar: »The young girl had a throaty voice. 2. low pitched and resonant: » …   Useful english dictionary

  • throat — ► NOUN 1) the passage which leads from the back of the mouth of a person or animal, through which food passes to the oesophagus and air passes to the lungs. 2) the front part of the neck. 3) literary a voice of a person or a songbird. ● be at… …   English terms dictionary

  • Throat — Throat, v. t. 1. To utter in the throat; to mutter; as, to throat threats. [Obs.] Chapman. [1913 Webster] 2. To mow, as beans, in a direction against their bending. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • throat — O.E. þrote (implied in þrotbolla the Adam s apple, larynx, lit. throat boll ), related to þrutian to swell, from P.Gmc. *thrut (Cf. O.H.G. drozza, Ger. Drossel, O.S. strota, M.Du. strote, Du. strot throat ), perhaps from PIE *trud …   Etymology dictionary

  • throat — noun 1 front part of the neck VERB + THROAT ▪ cut, slash, slit ▪ rip out ▪ I wanted to rip his throat out. PREPOSITION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary


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