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verb (tr, adverb)
to block (a drain, pipe, etc) completely
informal (usually passive) to overcome (a person) with emotion, esp without due cause
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choke up

1

Block a channel or other passage, as in Vegetation choked up the creek like a dam. [Late 1600s]

2

Be too emotional or upset to speak, as in She became so emotional about winning that she choked up and was unable to give an interview.

3

Become too nervous or tense in a critical situation to perform, as in He's fine during practice but in a match he tends to choke up. This usage, also put as to choke alone, is especially common in sports. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]

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