Friday Phrase

Intermediate level

Have a frog in your throat

Episode 191025 / 25 Oct 2019

HAVE/GET A FROG IN YOUR THROAT

Have you ever had a dry throat and found it difficult to speak? In English we use the idiom 'have a frog in your throat' to describe that situation.

It can be used as a comment when someone loses their voice - 'You have a frog in your throat.'

Example Sentences

  • Sorry, I’ve lost my voice. I have a frog in my throat.
  • My manager keeps coughing. I think he’s got a frog in his throat.
  • You sound really hoarse today. Have you got a frog in your throat?
  • "Basically, it feels like a frog in the throat that can't be cleared. Just a strange experience, I'll consult the local GP tomorrow if symptoms remain." (BBC News story, 2013)

Now You Try

Colds and flu can alter our voices. Have you ever had a frog in your throat? Some people drink hot tea with lemon and honey as a home remedy. Others eat raw ginger. What do you do to sound better when you have a frog in your throat? Share your tips with us.

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