Definition of throat in English:

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Pronunciation: /THrōt/


1The passage that leads from the back of the mouth of a person or animal.
Example sentences
  • The infection spreads from the nose or throat through the Eustachian tube, a passage between the throat and the middle ear.
  • The soft palate forms a curtain between the mouth and the throat, or pharynx, to the rear.
  • When we swallow, the soft palate closes off the nasal passages from the throat to prevent food from entering the nose.
1.1The front part of a person’s or animal’s neck, behind which the esophagus, trachea, and blood vessels serving the head are situated: a gold pendant gleamed at her throat
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  • For boys, when the larynx grows bigger, it tilts to a different angle inside the neck and part of it sticks out at the front of the throat.
  • There as a long, white scar that ran from under his pointy chin, down the front of his throat, and to the middle of his collarbone.
  • The strange mark seemed to go right across his throat, at the front, where the windpipe would be.
1.2 literary A voice of a person or a songbird: from a hundred throats came the cry “Vive l’Empereur!”
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  • "Forever," came back the hushed whisper from a hundred throats.
  • Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell
  • There was the water-on-shale sound of amusement hissed from a dozen throats.
1.3A thing compared to a throat, especially a narrow passage, entrance, or exit.
Example sentences
  • What we have to imagine now is that a tiny piece of that skin is pinched off, forming a little blister connected to the Universe by a narrow throat - the black hole.
  • They had decided to meet the Utuku in the narrow throat in the Papti Plain between the Lolopopo Swamp and the great bend of the Adkapo.
  • The extra deep throat of the gauge enables materials to be measured up to 4 3/4 inches from the edge of a sheet.
1.4 Sailing The forward upper corner of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail.
Example sentences
  • When the throat halliard is belayed, hoist the peak until deep, full wrinkles appear in the throat of the sail.
  • The throat of the sail is lashed with a 4 mm lacing line to the shank of the bolt behind the gaff jaw.
  • A single halyard to the throat of the sail is an alternative to lashing the throat permanently to the masthead, and it facilitates reefing.



be at each other's throats

(Of people or organizations) quarrel or fight persistently.
Example sentences
  • Are we always going to be at each other's throats?
  • They're always pictured in the history books as being at each other's throats…
  • When I first met Josh, we were at each other's throats for a long time; we would fight, we would hate each other.

cut one's own throat

Bring about one’s own downfall by one’s actions.
Example sentences
  • He was told he'd be cutting his own throat when he brought Jasper Johns to the Fringe in 1964.
  • Pragmatism in politics is nothing more than a means of cutting your own throat in the slowest and most excruciating manner.
  • When Dad asked how practice had gone, the kid said, ‘Fine,’ effectively cutting his own throat.

force (or shove or ram) something down someone's throat

Force ideas or material on a person’s attention by repeatedly putting them forward.
Example sentences
  • Indeed, the gleeful spectacle of one of the zombies shoving its hand deep into a victim's mouth graphically reflects the film's more general tendency of ramming ideas down the viewer 's throat.
  • It doesn't do you any harm to listen to what people of other faiths think and having an assembly once a week is hardly shoving it down your throat.
  • I find it ironic that the 1947 version basically leaves religion out of it, but the 1994 version shoves it down your throat… and here I had hoped that the world was moving away from such concepts.

grab (or take) someone by the throat

Put one’s hands around someone’s throat, typically in an attempt to throttle them.
Example sentences
  • With the Laois players gaining a new stature amongst those who followed them they took Monaghan by the throat and threatened to throttle the life out of them.
  • Can you not just see the hurt look on her face when he gently takes her by the throat and throttles her to death?
  • My goodness but if he didn't grab Dot by the throat and start tee throttle her.
(grab something by the throat)4.1 Seize control of something: in the second half, the Huskies took the game by the throat
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  • Gill punished every Louisburgh indiscretion with a point and Stephen Broderick took the game by the throat and fired over two great points, the last one looking like it was the winner.
  • West however had tasted defeat in the second semi final and literally took the game by the throat.
  • At critical times it was Turner who took the game by the throat and kept Pioneer in the fight.
4.2Attract someone’s undivided attention: the movie grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go
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  • Some films grab you by the throat and don't relent, others work a more stealthy charm and get better and better as they go along.
  • The opening of the movie grabs you by the throat.
  • If you can listen to this album without it grabbing you by the throat and bitch-slapping you to attention, then check your hearing-aid, grandpa.

jump down someone's throat

see jump.

stick in one's throat

see stick2.



Pronunciation: /ˈTHrōdəd/
[in combination]: a full-throated baritone a ruby-throated hummingbird


Old English throte, throtu, of Germanic origin; related to German Drossel. Compare with throttle.

Words that rhyme with throat

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