Anyone who saw Obama choke back tears when he first responded to the Newtown tragedy knew he was deeply affected.
As he talks he stops several times so he can choke back tears.
At the end of his 15-minute address Sandusky began to choke back tears as he spoke of his wife and family.
I was moved by that voice fighting so hard to choke back tears.
Shiomura continued to speak even though she had to choke back tears at one point.
He seemed to feel himself highly honored, but Browning had hard work to choke back his absolute contempt for the fellow.
Again that frightful silence, then she was trying to choke back the sobs.
It was the only way to choke back the tumultuous feelings that suddenly stormed his heart.
"You were a fool," said David, trying to choke back his eagerness.
Disappointed, and feeling a first touch of weariness, she could not choke back a great sob that shook her convulsively.
c.1300, transitive, "to strangle;" late 14c., "to make to suffocate," of persons as well as swallowed objects, a shortening of acheken (c.1200), from Old English aceocian "to choke, suffocate" (with intensive a-), probably from root of ceoke "jaw, cheek" (see cheek (n.)).
Intransitive sense from c.1400. Meaning "gasp for breath" is from early 15c. Figurative use from c.1400, in early use often with reference to weeds stifling the growth of useful plants (a Biblical image). Meaning "to fail in the clutch" is attested by 1976, American English. Related: Choked; choking. Choke-cherry (1785) supposedly so called for its astringent qualities. Johnson also has choke-pear "Any aspersion or sarcasm, by which another person is put to silence." Choked up "overcome with emotion and unable to speak" is attested by 1896. The baseball batting sense is by 1907.
1560s, "quinsy," from choke (v.). Meaning "action of choking" is from 1839. Meaning "valve which controls air to a carburetor" first recorded 1926.
v. choked, chok·ing, chokes
To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
To become ineffective because of tension or anxiety; choke up: I studied all night for my test and I totally choked (1980s+)