One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A feeling of tightness or dryness in the throat caused by strong emotion, especially sadness.‘there was a lump in her throat as she gazed down at her uncle's gaunt features’
- ‘My voice trembled as I addressed the class for the very last time. I felt a lump in the throat, but I managed to gulp it down.’
- ‘When we sing the national anthem, half of the squad has a lump in the throat.’
- ‘And every time I say, it causes a lump in the throat, that he resigned as a co-conspirator in a widespread criminal conspiracy.’
- ‘There are others, potential nominees whom the president might have chosen, who probably also feel a lump in the throat when they think about the Supreme Court, but it is caused by anger rather than reverence.’
- ‘Tonight it may be his last speech to the nation as Prime Minister, and there will be a lump in the throat.’
- ‘The film is nice in parts, but they don't add up to either leave a lump in the throat or cause an abiding smile on your face.’
- ‘Indeed, eight of the 10 top love stories listed leave you with a lump in the throat.’
- ‘It's a film that would have caused a lump in the throat, had the director just built a plot around a man whose biological and mental age are inversely proportional - he is an adult with the mind of a seven-year-old.’
- ‘Tears flowed freely and as their schoolmates roared No Surrender and You'll Never Walk Alone to the skies, even the neutral observer could feel the presence of a lump in the throat.’
- ‘Like the TV shows, audiences are never sure if they are going to have a laugh or a lump in the throat from one moment to the next.’
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