stick in one's craw

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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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