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to have a frog in one’s throat

Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to have a scratchy, croaky voice

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To have a frog in one’s voice means to have a scratchy, croaky or husky voice because of a problem with your throat.

French translation

avoir un chat dans la gorge, être enroué


Examples in context

‘After a frog in her throat, Susan Boyle stops halfway through song on ’The View’

Susan Boyle’s performance of O Holy Night on "The View" wasn’t so holy.

She had a bit of a frog in her throat on Tuesday, stopping less than halfway through the Christmas carol on live TV.’

boston.com, 1 Dec. 2010


’A frog in the throat’ is an American phrase that entered the language towards the end of the 19th century. The expression doesn’t have a fanciful derivation but comes directly from the fact that a hoarse person sounds croaky - like a frog.

The expression must have been in popular use in the USA by 1894, when it was used in an advertisement as the name of a proprietary medicine for sore throats, in The Stevens Point Journal, November 1894 :

"The Taylor Bros. say that ’Frog in the Throat’ will cure hoarseness. 10 cents and box."


Everyday usage

After her 21st birthday, Nina had a frog in her throat because she stayed out all night singing Karaoke.

We will have to cancel the concert tonight if you have a frog in your throat.

b) to find it hard to accept something

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c) to speak in a strong French accent

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