stick in one's craw


the crop of a bird or insect.
the stomach of an animal.
stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle: She said I was pompous, and that really stuck in my craw.

1350–1400; Middle English crawe, probably akin to crag2

craw, crawl, crow. Unabridged
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craw (krɔː)
1.  a less common word for crop
2.  the stomach of an animal
3.  informal stick in one's craw, stick in one's throat to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
[C14: related to Middle High German krage, Middle Dutch crāghe neck, Icelandic kragi collar]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. *cræg "throat," a Gmc. word of obscure origin.
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Idioms & Phrases

stick in one's craw

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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