- to become or cause to become speechless, as from the effect of emotion or stress: She choked up over the sadness of the tale.
- to become too tense or nervous to perform well: Our team began to choke up in the last inning.
Origin of choke
OTHER WORDS FROM chokechoke·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·choke, verb (used with object), in·ter·choked, in·ter·chok·ing.un·choke·a·ble, adjectiveun·choked, adjective
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How to use choke in a sentence
You could also seek out countries with internet choke points that slow or make Wi-Fi use pointless and frustrating.
Instead, the growing costs of sustaining Moore’s Law have encouraged consolidation among chipmakers and created more choke points in the immensely complex business of chip production.The great chip crisis threatens the promise of Moore’s Law|Jeremy Hsu|June 30, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Of all the choke points, it was my least favorite to pass through, and when I did so as a ship captain I was up and awake all night.The Blocked Suez Canal Isn't the Only Waterway the World Should Be Worried About|James Stavridis|March 29, 2021|Time
The family was told her handcuffed son reached for an officer’s gun, prompting them to put him in a choke hold–a maneuver Minneapolis police finally banned last June.It's a 'Nightmare Being Replayed' as a Cop Faces Trial in George Floyd's Death|Janell Ross|March 18, 2021|Time
Gently twist and pull away the petals at the very center until the furry choke is revealed.
He then began to choke her, and as she lost consciousness it must have seemed that his might be the last face she would ever see.
According to their friend, producer/filmmaker Choke No Joke, it was over a mutual flame.
Shiomura continued to speak even though she had to choke back tears at one point.
A new Kimberley Process working group to monitor CAR might help focus attention on the guilty and choke the diamond flow.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants|Christopher Day|May 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But for a movie that choke-holds you in suspense from the very first scene, Cold in July is also surprisingly funny.Michael C. Hall on Where ‘Dexter’ Went Wrong and His New Killer Role in ‘Cold in July’|Melissa Leon|May 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's good for nothing but to choke a man and fill him full of smoke and embers.
He felt that to eat would choke him, but forced himself to take a sip of coffee and a bit of corn bread.
There was another choke in her voice as she smoothed Judy's old brown dress, and brushed a bit of bran from her face.
The spoondrift began to fly so that you could not see the moon, and the wind was enough to choke you if you faced it.The Chequers|James Runciman
Hester fiercely bit her lip and gulped down the tears that threatened to choke her.Those Dale Girls|Frank Weston Carruth