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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THROAT

"He had a gun shoved into the hollow of his throat," said Andy.

A ghost of color was going up her throat, staining her cheeks.

Charles had said as he fingered his throat, which was patched with black and blue.

There was a snarl; Jeff had Joe by the throat, and Joe was reaching for his gun.

The fingers thrust at his throat—he seemed to be tearing his own flesh.

Jeff cleared his throat and looked about with foolish importance.

If it be drinkable by any manner of mortal, I must moisten my throat with it.

There was a flame at his heart, a burning lump in his throat.

There was a movement in her throat as though she swallowed something hard.

My heart leaped into my throat, as it were, and I made ready for battle.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þrote (implied in þrotbolla "the Adam's apple, larynx," literally "throat boll"), related to þrutian "to swell," from Proto-Germanic *thrut- (cf. Old High German drozza, German Drossel, Old Saxon strota, Middle Dutch strote, Dutch strot "throat"), perhaps from PIE *trud- (cf. Old English þrutian "to swell," Old Norse þrutna "to swell").

The notion is of "the swollen part" of the neck. Italian strozza "throat," strozzare "to strangle" are Germanic loan-words. College slang for "competitive student" is 1970s, from cutthroat.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR THROAT

gullet

nounneck
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