throat

[throht]
noun Anatomy, Zoology.
1.
the passage from the mouth to the stomach or to the lungs, including the pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and trachea.
2.
some analogous or similar narrowed part or passage.
3.
the front of the neck below the chin and above the collarbone.
4.
the narrow opening between a fireplace and its flue or smoke chamber, often closed by a damper.
5.
Nautical, Machinery, swallow1 ( def 13 ).
6.
Nautical.
a.
Also called nock. the forward upper corner of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail. See diag. under sail.
b.
jaw1 ( def 5 ).
7.
the forward edge of the opening in the vamp of a shoe.
8.
Automotive. barrel ( def 14 ).
verb (used with object)
9.
to make a throat in; provide with a throat.
10.
to utter or express from or as from the throat; utter throatily.
Idioms
11.
cut one's own throat, to bring about one's own ruin: He cut his own throat by being nasty to the boss.
12.
jump down someone's throat, Informal. to disagree with, criticize, or scold overhastily: Wait and let me finish before you jump down my throat.
13.
lump in one's throat, a tight or uncomfortable feeling in the throat, as a reaction to an emotion: The sight of the infant brought a lump to her throat.
14.
ram/force something down someone's throat, Informal. to force someone to agree to or accept (something).
15.
stick in one's throat, to be difficult of expression; cause to hesitate: The words of sympathy stuck in her throat.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English throte, Old English throte, throta, throtu; akin to Old High German drozza throat, Old Norse throti swelling. See throttle

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throat (θrəʊt)
 
n
1.  a.  that part of the alimentary and respiratory tracts extending from the back of the mouth (nasopharynx) to just below the larynx
 b.  the front part of the neck
2.  something resembling a throat, esp in shape or function: the throat of a chimney
3.  botany the gaping part of a tubular corolla or perianth
4.  informal a sore throat
5.  cut one's throat, cut one's own throat to bring about one's own ruin
6.  have by the throat to have compete control over (a person or thing)
7.  jump down someone's throat See jump
8.  ram something down someone's throat, force something down someone's throat to insist that someone listen to or accept (something): he rammed his own opinions down my throat
9.  informal stick in one's throat, stick in one's craw to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
 
Related: gular, guttural, jugular, laryngeal
 
[Old English throtu; related to Old High German drozza throat, Old Norse throti swelling]

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Word Origin & History

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- (cf. O.E. þrutian "to swell," O.N. þrutna
"to swell"). The notion is of "the swollen part" of the neck. It. strozza "throat," strozzare "to strangle" are Gmc. loan-words. College slang for "competitive student" is 1970s, from cutthroat.
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Medical Dictionary

throat (thrōt)
n.

  1. The portion of the digestive tract that lies between the rear of the mouth and the esophagus and includes the fauces and the pharynx.

  2. The anterior portion of the neck.

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Slang Dictionary

throat definition


  1. n.
    an earnest student; a cutthroat student. (Collegiate.) : Martin is not a throat! He's not that smart.
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Idioms & Phrases

throat

see at each other's throats; cut someone's throat; frog in one's throat; jump down someone's throat; lump in one's throat; ram (shove) down someone's throat; stick in one's craw (throat).

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Example sentences
Modifications of the trachea to allow speech pushed the trachea and esophagus
  further down the throat to make way.
He makes a throat-cutting motion across his neck with his hand.
If you've ever gargled with salt water to ease a sore throat or cold symptoms,
  you know whether it made you feel better.
He took things easy, hid throat lozenges in his handkerchief, and looked after
  his instrument.
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