choke back

choke down

  1. (tr, adverb) to suppress (anger, tears, etc)

Words Nearby choke back

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How to use choke back in a sentence

  • Fanny was determined to choke back that feeling of uneasiness which had worried her during the whole of that day.

    Betty Vivian | L. T. Meade
  • "You were a fool," said David, trying to choke back his eagerness.

    The Courage of Marge O'Doone | James Oliver Curwood
  • And he watched Jake choke back the furious retort that suddenly leapt to his lips.

    The Night Riders | Ridgwell Cullum
  • Caspar muttered something inarticulate, then seemed to choke back further utterance, and kept silence for a minute.

    Brooke's Daughter | Adeline Sergeant
  • "She didn't bear it at all, sir," answered the maid, catching her breath to choke back a sob.

    The Holladay Case | Burton E. Stevenson

Other Idioms and Phrases with choke back

choke back

Suppress, as in He choked back his tears. [Late 1800s]

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