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clear one's throat

Definition of clear one's throat in English:

Cough slightly so as to speak more clearly, attract attention, or to express hesitancy before saying something awkward.
Example sentences
  • Matt awkwardly clears his throat and begins to speak.
  • I coughed, partly to clear my throat, partly to demand full attention.
  • He was suffering from a heavy cold which caused him to sniffle, blow his nose, cough and clear his throat throughout his 135-minute performance.
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