Definition of throat in English:



  • 1The passage that leads from the back of the mouth of a person or animal.

    • ‘When you have a cold, the tiny tube that connects your throat and middle ear is often blocked.’
    • ‘It causes the nerves at the back of the throat to signal the blood vessels to dilate - and fast.’
    • ‘The soft palate forms a curtain between the mouth and the throat, or pharynx, to the rear.’
    • ‘Heartburn is a burning feeling in the lower chest, along with a sour or bitter taste in the throat and mouth.’
    • ‘The Eustachian tube connects your middle ear to your throat (as shown on the illustration above).’
    • ‘That's when the nausea set in, and he quickly moved to cover his mouth in case his throat muscles failed to suppress the vomit.’
    • ‘The infection spreads from the nose or throat through the Eustachian tube, a passage between the throat and the middle ear.’
    • ‘By day four, the face flushed and the first painful lesions appeared - not on the surface of the skin, but in the mouth, throat and nasal passages.’
    • ‘The sound thus produced is amplified in the throat, mouth, nose and sinuses and streams out as an individual's voice.’
    • ‘Excess body weight contributes to obstructive sleep apnea, as does extra tissue at the back of your mouth and in your throat.’
    • ‘Bile was burning my mouth, my throat and chest were so tight, the nausea was overpowering.’
    • ‘Suddenly our conversation came to an abrupt halt, our breath caught in our throats and our mouths hung open with astonishment.’
    • ‘So for example if he were to eat a raw apple, he would get itchiness in his mouth, his throat, may get a feeling of some swelling in his lips and his tongue.’
    • ‘The hospital will use the money to buy a laser to treat abnormal lining in the throat which can lead to oesophageal cancer.’
    • ‘We suffered nosebleeds and blisters in our sinuses, throats, and mouths.’
    • ‘Throat infections, sore throats, and upper respiratory tract infections were measured in episodes and days.’
    • ‘When we swallow, the soft palate closes off the nasal passages from the throat to prevent food from entering the nose.’
    • ‘The spicy, and burning taste of bile and stomach acid burned my throat and mouth.’
    • ‘Every cough that racked his body grated on his throat and made his mouth feel like sandpaper.’
    • ‘The trachea is situated immediately in front of the esophagus, the passageway that connects the throat with the stomach.’
    gullet, oesophagus
    windpipe, trachea
    crop, craw, maw
    pharynx, oropharynx, fauces, gorget
    the red lane
    throttle, gorge, gula
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    1. 1.1 The 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’
      • ‘At this point, pressure is applied to the suspect's neck between the throat and the carotid artery with the lower forearm.’
      • ‘He smiled as he traced his fingernails down Ford's cheek, then dug them into the front of his throat.’
      • ‘A small moan escaped her pink lips as she tilted her head to allow him better access to her throat and neck.’
      • ‘Suddenly a pair of hands grabbed her throat from in front of her and began to choke her.’
      • ‘Out of the corner of her eye, Mandy suddenly spotted one of her aides making frantic cutting motions across the throat while waving the front page of the Sun.’
      • ‘For the male, an orangish-light rufous color covered the area around the eye extending down the side of the face and the front of the throat.’
      • ‘My other hand, placed at the front of my throat, fingered the warm tip of the blade.’
      • ‘A silver necklace gleamed from around her throat, accenting her delicate neck.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The great vein of the throat - the lower neck - the wrist - they are all suitable.’
      • ‘Destine nodded, trailing her fingers across the front of his throat.’
      • ‘Quickly he placed the knife in front of her throat causing the girl to jump slightly.’
      • ‘I couldn't help but sigh as he softly kissed my neck, my throat.’
      • ‘He currently has a Latvian scarf around his neck to keep his throat warm.’
      • ‘Her palm was wrapped around the front of his throat, and he gagged once or twice.’
      • ‘He said she grabbed the victim by her clothing around her neck and not her throat.’
      • ‘His mouth trails down the column of my neck, my throat bare and arched up towards him in an attitude of complete submission and surrender.’
      • ‘He allowed his hand to trail down her neck and across her throat.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2literary A voice of a person or a songbird.
      ‘from a hundred throats came the cry “Vive l'Empereur!”’
      • ‘Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell’
      • ‘"Forever," came back the hushed whisper from a hundred throats.’
      • ‘I screamed over and over until I could not feel my throat screaming anymore.’
      • ‘The word "papa" shouted by a thousand angry throats was carried up to the windows above.’
      • ‘There was the water-on-shale sound of amusement hissed from a dozen throats.’
    3. 1.3 A thing compared to a throat, especially a narrow passage, entrance, or exit.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The extra deep throat of the gauge enables materials to be measured up to 4 3/4 inches from the edge of a sheet.’
    4. 1.4Sailing The forward upper corner of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail.
      • ‘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.

      • ‘There's an arrogant actor who thinks he's God, so everybody is at each other's throats so it's a matter of keeping everything under control.’
      • ‘But by now Stanley and Barker were at each other's throats.’
      • ‘Within weeks, Lily and I - previously ensconced in an enviably stress-free marriage - were at each other's throats.’
      • ‘Eighty years ago, T.E. Lawrence's genius was to weld a few Hejaz tribes into a biddable unit, but they were at each other's throats by the time they reached the gates of Damascus.’
      • ‘When I first met Josh, we were at each other's throats for a long time; we would fight, we would hate each other.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘Unfortunately, none of the mutts got on and were at each other's throats like rabid pit bulls.’
      • ‘Far from peaceably agreeing with one another, we were at each other's throats about the Schappelle Corby trial.’
      • ‘Barely a week goes by when the duo are not portrayed by a voracious media as being at each other's throats.’
  • cut one's own throat

    • Bring about one's own downfall by one's actions.

      • ‘Harvey's a guardsman, I was registered as a Democrat but totally nonpolitical, had made sure that it stayed out of my consulting practice because the first thing you do when you get that into a consulting practice is you cut your own throat.’
      • ‘He was told he'd be cutting his own throat when he brought Jasper Johns to the Fringe in 1964.’
      • ‘There are lots of pithy quotes, from Dennis Hopper's ‘I had final cut and cut my own throat ‘, relating to his drug-fuelled The Last Movie, to John Milius's ‘Hollywood was a walled city.’’
      • ‘But if you must cut your marketing, don't cut your own throat.’
      • ‘Pragmatism in politics is nothing more than a means of cutting your own throat in the slowest and most excruciating manner.’
      • ‘You're cutting your own throat in the American League, if you do, because the league is going to gouge each other's eyes out with a heavy accent on big innings.’
      • ‘People who try to throw a fastball by him, especially with runners in scoring position, are cutting their own throat.’
      • ‘But you have to wonder if they're cutting their own throat, losing out on the premium SMS's, and the data transfer costs.’
      • ‘Remembering back, I would say that he cut his own throat on Pleasantville in very much the same way.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘I fear a lot of policy has been being made by people who are simply uninterested in understanding, and who have all sorts of ulterior motives for trying to shove a policy down the world 's throat regardless of the realities of the situation.’
      • ‘You can't shove something down either side 's throat, and make that the lasting agreement.’
      • ‘The question I have is why does the extreme Christian right doesn't believe in the First Amendment and feel that they have the right to shove their faith down my 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.’
      • ‘While Tanya Levina may describe fascism and communism as ‘systems of genius ‘, how will she feel when she confront a teacher or other authority figure who tries to shove their values down her throat?’’
      • ‘And it's not just ultra conservatives who want to shove their values down your throat.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But they wanted to shove an unfair deal down the union 's throat, using the support of the media and the mayor to force them to accept this.’
      • ‘It gives me hope that there are people out here at SFU that won't shove their opinions down my throat.’
  • grab (or take) someone by the throat

    • 1Put one's hands around someone's throat, typically in an attempt to throttle 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?’
      • ‘I attempted to grab him by the throat, but he just fled to the ladder and scrambled up, his ‘evil’ laughter ringing in his wake.’
      • ‘Mr Hegarty had accused her of grabbing a co-worker by the throat - which Mrs Campbell vehemently denied - and told the man hearing her grievance that she was ‘greedy and money orientated’.’
      • ‘He had been forced to discipline her for grabbing a fellow worker by the throat.’
      • ‘Another of the allegations against him aired recently in court, where he brought an unfair dismissal case, was that he grabbed his goalkeeper by the throat after a less than satisfactory performance and had to be torn off him.’
      • ‘A 39-YEAR-old man grabbed his wife by the throat and head-butted her in the face as their three children watched, a court was told.’
      • ‘My heart aches for him, but my hands also itch to grab him by the throat and throttle him for a little bit for calling my best friend a whore.’
      • ‘Prosecutor Frank Murphy said Telford grabbed his victim by the throat before throwing him off the bus following the altercation at the bus stop in Middleleaze Drive, West Swindon.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Blackburn magistrates heard that Howard Wayne Eastham grabbed his aunt by the throat during the incident and she fell to the floor.’
      • ‘Another publican reported an instance later on in the night where a barman was grabbed by the throat and held down while another person in the group filled drinks from the taps.’
      • ‘On a flight to Japan, the former football hardman is said to have sworn at one woman passenger before grabbing her male companion by the throat.’
      • ‘My goodness but if he didn't grab Dot by the throat and start tee throttle her.’
      • ‘An unemployed father grabbed his girlfriend by the throat and threatened to kill her in a drunken argument, Selby magistrates heard.’
      1. 1.1Seize control of something.
        ‘in the second half, the Huskies took the game by the throat’
        • ‘He had turned a match around, grabbed it by the throat and opened up a three-hole lead, only to throw it all away on the homeward nine.’
        • ‘Every time the Canes were in danger of losing for the first time since September 2000, McGahee grabbed the game by the throat and squeezed.’
        • ‘Not just managing Shakespeare but actually grabbing it by the throat and ringing every drop out of it and carrying it with such conviction.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘In her essay ‘Believing in Literature,’ Dorothy Allison wrote that literature provides ‘a reason to believe, a way to take the world by the throat and insist that there is more to this life than we have ever imagined.’’
        • ‘This time, he grabbed it by the throat, scoring 13 straight Minnesota points in the fourth quarter.’
        • ‘At critical times it was Turner who took the game by the throat and kept Pioneer in the fight.’
        • ‘Mr Hoare said: ‘In essence the plan is to grab the centre by the throat and give it a really good shake.’’
        • ‘West however had tasted defeat in the second semi final and literally took the game by the throat.’
        • ‘They proceeded to take the match by the throat with another two maximums to be in total control at 31-16 after eight races.’
      2. 1.2Attract someone's undivided attention.
        ‘the movie grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘At present day, if a song doesn't grab the listener by the throat and slam their faces into the radio, they change the station.’
        • ‘From the opening scene in the Korova Milkbar to the distressing yet thoroughly satisfying finale, the film grabs the viewer by the throat and doesn't let go.’
        • ‘It's just hard to see the positive when she has this terrible habit of verbally grabbing you by the throat and banging you up against the nearest wall until your teeth rattle in your head.’
        • ‘But to show the horror of 9/11 in the background, that's just some advertising agency's attempt to grab people by the throat.’
        • ‘Your film better scream out at people, grab them by the throat and force them to watch it.’
        • ‘The opening of the movie grabs you by the throat.’
        • ‘A breathy intro, which leads very quickly into a shouty chorus which grabs you by the throat and says ‘Listen to me!’’
        • ‘Walsh writes approvingly, ‘The intense hatred for the neocons fairly jumps off the pages of this paleocon magazine, grabs you by the throat and demands that you listen…‘’
  • jump down someone's throat

    • informal Respond to what someone has said in a sudden and angrily critical way.

      • ‘So here is another sincere apology for jumping down your throat.’
      • ‘But he didn't get an opportunity to tell them this information before they jumped down his throat and accused him of being unsupportive.’
      • ‘You jump down my throat every time I try to be nice.’
      • ‘I was just thinking about my wife, but wait, let me explain, before you jump down my throat.’
      • ‘Ok, before you start jumping down my throat, let me explain.’
      • ‘It was rude of me and you were just being a good friend and I had no right to just jump down your throat like that.’
      • ‘He considered offering to take the pack, but knew she would just jump down his throat again about it.’
      • ‘It was my editor, and before I could say a word, he jumped down my throat!’
      • ‘Now before you jump down my throat and accuse me of being totally ignorant as to what goes on backstage, let me explain my position.’
      • ‘I'm just hoping that he'll hear me through before jumping down my throat.’
  • stick in one's throat


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