Origin of chokes
verb (used with object), choked, chok·ing.
verb (used without object), choked, chok·ing.
- 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
Examples from the Web for chokes
Its insidious reach enters into medical offices and chokes off the free-speech rights of the people trying to work there.
She reluctantly gulps it down, chokes, and allows little rivers of green juice to dribble from the corner of her mouth.Is This Dildo-Licking, Dominatrix-Loving Vogue Blogger the New Face of Feminism?|Lizzie Crocker|May 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Exhausted from the chronic pain that pulsates through her body day and night, she chokes up on the phone.New Jersey Patients in Pain Over Scarcity of Medical Marijuana|Abby Haglage|February 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After further agitation, Innis chokes Metzger and mayhem ensues.
Walt actually takes the bike lock and chokes Krazy-8 (Maximinio Arciniega) with it.Bryan Cranston Picks 13 Favorite ‘Breaking Bad’ Moments|Bryan Cranston|July 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One division detaches itself eastward, and chokes up the Baltic sound.The Sea|Jules Michelet
Ugh, this filthy tobacco; it chokes me, and I can scarcely see across the hall.
At this lib'ral'ty the Red Dog chief squeezes Enright's hand a heap fraternal, an' chokes with emotion.Faro Nell and Her Friends|Alfred Henry Lewis
"Somehow it chokes me all up," declared old Uncle Randolph, and blew his nose vigorously.The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck|Edward Stratemeyer
What science does is to destroy that fabric of Aberglaube or superstition which chokes and asphyxiates the best parts of religion.War Letters of a Public-School Boy|Paul Jones.
Word Origin for choke
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.