Definition of stick in one's throat (or craw) in US English:

stick in one's throat (or craw)


  • 1Be difficult or impossible to accept; be a source of continuing annoyance.

    • ‘It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics.’
    • ‘And it just sticks in one's craw that she's being prosecuted for lying about a crime that she was not charged with.’
    • ‘‘If we have to buy the stadium back, it would stick in my throat because I don't want to give Barr one penny more, but such a clause would at least give us hope of getting rid of him,’ Taylor added.’
    • ‘One thing that stuck in my throat at Chelsea was young players not realising how privileged they were to be earning huge sums.’
    • ‘That's what sticks in my craw and should stick in the craw of everyone in Scotland.’
    • ‘Regardless of the politics, that obtuseness sticks in my craw.’
    • ‘But making billions while your shareholders lose their shirts, and your workers lose their jobs, sticks in our craw.’
    • ‘It sticks in my throat to think that there is still someone out there who committed this crime…’
    • ‘Several things about this turn of events stuck in my craw.’
    • ‘I also remember an incident that to this day still sticks in my craw.’
    1. 1.1 (of words) be difficult or impossible to say.
      ‘she couldn't say “Thank you”—the words stuck in her throat’
      • ‘Words stuck in his throat, leaving him without anything to say.’
      • ‘But somehow, the question gets stuck in your throat.’
      • ‘Furthermore, as much as it sticks in my throat to say so, he has probably got it right.’
      • ‘He wished he could say more, but the words just stuck in his throat.’
      • ‘Later in the empty chapel of St Martin-in-the-Fields, confused over who I've actually encountered, I weep in thrall but prayer sticks in my throat.’
      • ‘The words will not form in my mouth, as they are stuck in my throat, because they speak truth so honest, my heart will not let them go.’
      • ‘She almost managed to get the words out but they stuck in her throat.’
      • ‘We looked around the candle-lit garden, further words sticking in my throat.’
      • ‘Maybe there is something you are trying to say that keeps getting stuck in your throat.’
      • ‘I blinked in response as the words stuck in my throat.’