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verklempt

[ ver-klempt, vuh-, fer-, fuh- ]
/ vərˈklɛmpt, və-, fər-, fə- /
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adjective Informal.
overly emotional and unable to speak: She got all verklempt at a press conference talking about a charity that matches actors and musicians with sick kids.
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Also far·klempt [fer-klempt, fuh-] /fərˈklɛmpt, fə-/ .

Origin of verklempt

First recorded in 1990–95; from Yiddish verklempt, farklempt “overcome with emotion,” past participle of verklem(m)en, farklem(m)en “to clamp (in a vise), pinch, choke, choke up,” from German verklemmt “inhibited, uptight,” literally “pinched, squeezed,” past participle of verklemmen “to become stuck”
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