"I can't believe it's over," said Elaimy, choking up with emotion.
“Raising the Turkish flag was very healing for me, and I think a little for Turkey as well,” says Hayes, choking up a bit.
“We just told a little boy about his sister now,” he told ABC while choking up.
They swarm in all the seas, and play an important part in choking up harbours and forming great deposits at the mouths of rivers.
But its beastly, choking up your house with a lot of fellers.
Monsieur Sariette, while I think of it, do have the books removed that are choking up my garden-house.
I wish my eyes knew how to mist with tears like a girl's ought to do instead of my choking up like a boy.
The strain put upon the seventh primary teachers by choking up their classes impairs the efficiency of the entire system.
Her grip had extended to his neck, and, choking up his windpipe, impeded respiration.
What the fire had refused it had flung down, choking up the landing below.
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+)