choke up

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to block (a drain, pipe, etc) completely

  2. informal (usually passive) to overcome (a person) with emotion, esp without due cause

Words Nearby choke up

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How to use choke up in a sentence

  • They choke up after a while, and fresh ones appear in another part of the area, thus keeping the whole clear of plants.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley
  • When a rock is cleft, the fragments half choke up the waters that gush through them.

    The Gold Brick | Ann S. Stephens

Other Idioms and Phrases with choke up

choke up

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

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