- 1The passage which leads from the back of the mouth of a person or animal: her throat was parched with thirst he’s pouring beer down his throatMore 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: a gold pendant gleamed at her throatMore example sentences
- 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!’More example sentences
- "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.More 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.More 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: they were always at each other’s throatsMore 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.More 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 ram or shove) something down someone's throat
- Force ideas or material on a person’s attention by repeatedly putting them forward: the literature they forced down our throats in high schoolMore 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: Hugh grabbed him by the throatMore 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) Seize control of something: Scotland took the game by the throatMore example sentences
- 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.
- Attract someone’s undivided attention: the film grabs you by the throat and refuses to let goMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English throte, throtu, of Germanic origin; related to German Drossel. Compare with throttle.