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    push past the knot

    Hi, teachers :)

    Would you help me understand the meaning of "push past the knot" in the context below, please? :)





    My throat tightens, trying to suppress what Iím about to say. The first step toward relief is hard,but I push past the knot.



    Source: The Marked Son.


    Thanks a lot! :)

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    Re: push past the knot

    Quote Originally Posted by Selviya87 View Post
    Hi, teachers :)

    Would you help me understand the meaning of "push past the knot" in the context below, please? :)





    My throat tightens, trying to suppress what Iím about to say. The first step toward relief is hard,but I push past the knot.



    Source: The Marked Son.


    Thanks a lot! :)
    The person is nervous about something they intend to say, this nervousness causes a "knot" of tension in his or her throat which s/he manages to overcome, "pushing past the knot".

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    Re: push past the knot

    In AmE, that choking, tense feeling of an actual hard object in your esophagus is described as "having a lump in your throat."


    "I was so nervious I thought I might throw up at any moment, but I managed to push past the lump in my throat long enough to ask Daphne to marry me."

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    Re: push past the knot

    It's crystal clear now. Thanks, bhaisahab and Ouisch :)

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