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full-throated (comparative more full-throated, superlative most full-throated)

  1. Using all the power of one's voice (also used figuratively of noises made by inanimate objects).
    • 1819, John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale,” lines 7-10,[1]
      [] thou, light-wingèd Dryad of the trees,
      In some melodious plot
      Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
      Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
    • 1866, George Eliot, Felix Holt, the Radical, Chapter 7,[2]
      The laughter was not quite so full-throated as before.
    • 1894, Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book, “Mowgli’s Brothers,”[3]
      The purr grew louder, and ended in the full-throated “Aaarh!” of the tiger’s charge.
    • 1919, John Reed, Ten Days That Shook the World, New York: Boni & Liveright, Chapter 12, p. 309,[4]
      Amid the crashing full-throated shouts of the soldiers, the peasants formed in line, unfurling the great red banner of the Executive Committee of the All-Russian Peasants’ Soviets, embroidered newly in gold, “Long live the union of the revolutionary and toiling masses!”
    • 1940, Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again, edited by Edward Aswell, Book I, Chapter 1,[5]
      The heavy motor warmed up with a full-throated roar, then there was a grinding clash of gears, and George felt the old house tremble under him as the truck swung out into the street and thundered off.
  2. (figuratively) Emphatic, vehement, forceful.
    • 2002, Jonathan Jones, “Twenty Jackies, Andy Warhol (1964),” The Guardian, 9 February, 2002,[6]
      Warhol’s portraits of Jackie could not be more full-throated in their sorrow because they are so obviously felt, a silent agony.
    • 2015, “More Than a Flag,” The Harvard Crimson, 6 October, 2015,[7]
      Governor Hayley’s full-throated insistence that the [Confederate] flag be removed—she called it a “deeply offensive symbol of a brutally offensive past”— played an instrumental role in building consensus in the state’s Republican Party.
    • 2016, Aaron McKenna, “Opinion: Donald Trump’s victory is the shock therapy our broken democracies need,”, 9 November, 2016,[8]
      Trump never received the full throated backing of his party colleagues and mainstream consensus until about 2am last night was that he was a joke.
    • 2017, Alissa J. Rubin, “Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen Advance in French Election,” The New York Times, 23 April, 2017,[9]
      The result was a full-throated rebuke of France’s traditional mainstream parties, setting the country on an uncertain path in an election that could also decide the future of the European Union.
  3. (of a woman, euphemistic, dated) Having ample breasts, buxom, curvaceous.
    • 1860, Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Professor at the Breakfast-Table, Boston: Ticknor & Fields, Chapter 3, p. 67,[10]
      There she sits, at the very opposite corner, just as far off as accident could put her from this handsome fellow, by whose side she ought, of course, to be sitting. [] Tawny-haired, amber-eyed, full-throated, skin as white as a blanched almond.
    • 1870, Bret Harte, “Miggles” in The Luck of Roaring Camp, and Other Sketches, Boston: Fields, Osgood & Co., p. 43,[11]
      And this was Miggles! this bright-eyed, full-throated young woman, whose wet gown of coarse blue stuff could not hide the beauty of the feminine curves to which it clung []