He brushed his coat sleeve across his eyes, and tried to choke down a sob.
Then, he had need of all his iron nerve to choke down the cry that rose to his lips.
I am not at all sure that I did not have to choke down two or three tears before I could answer mamma.
She was pale and frightened, and she had hard work to choke down the sobs.
She held a bark cup to his lips and made him choke down some nauseating brew.
What could he do but choke down the confessing, redeeming words that were on his lips?
She caught her breath, and clapped her hands to her lips to choke down the wild scream of fear that rose to them.
It was hard to choke down prejudice when this son was bringing home a wife from the Bush, of all places!
Esther flushed visibly at this reception, and had to choke down the first words that came to her lips.
“Watch that stone,” said Grace with a stately calmness, though first she seemed to choke down some obstruction in her throat.
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.
v. choked, chok·ing, chokes
To interfere with the respiration of by compression or obstruction of the larynx or trachea.
To have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking.
To become ineffective because of tension or anxiety; choke up: I studied all night for my test and I totally choked (1980s+)