Definition of deep throat in English:

deep throat


  • A person who anonymously supplies information about covert or illegal action in the organization where they work.

    • ‘Sources, friends and deep throats are lining up to say this is the end.’
    • ‘Most people in the business and journalistic industry still believe he was the deep throat for the February 22, 2004 expose of one company's designs on another.’
    • ‘Except, of course, that by buying Psion, Palm would get a next-generation OS for itself, so that's possibly less of an issue than APX's (senior, we suspect) Psion deep throat believes.’
    • ‘It will take between 12 and 18 months for them to deliver commercial parts,’ the site's deep throat alleges.’
    • ‘Criticized readily by deep throats around the NFL - for everything from his office schedule to player acquisition - he is essentially ‘playing for his contract’ in 2004.’
    • ‘‘These are extraordinary powers for a Parliament to bestow on a Minister,’ our legal deep throat says.’
    • ‘All our deep throats and contacts are dishing the dirt.’
    • ‘The company's spin, relayed by the LA Times' over-enthusiastic and, we suspect, quasi-official deep throat, is that music executives are excited over how easy to use the new service is.’
    • ‘Other bugs may yet emerge, our deep throat warns.’
    • ‘I haven't paid very much attention to the deep throat revelations, because to me this is all ancient history - interesting, you know, but not important.’


1970s: the title of a pornographic film of 1972, first applied in this sense as the name (‘Deep Throat’) of an informant in the Watergate scandal.