They were cameramen and writers and soldiers and Secret Service men and they were saying prayers out loud and choking.
The novel conjured the choking mental atmosphere in which horrible crimes were committed in the name of high ideals.
Peter Jukes on the reclusive man who now has been accused of choking his wife in public.
Some psychiatrists attribute it to anxiety around past traumatic experiences such as choking on a food with a particular texture.
choking Krazy-8 out was equally damning, and yet this sent Walt on another path.
Steptoe looked at the boy with a choking sense of satisfaction and pride.
But I could not speak; I could only gape, choking and giddy.
He laughed, as if something was choking him, and turned away with a toss of his arms.
How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?'
It was terribly still, and I could hear him choking, a long way off, as I came back across the lines.
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+)