- 1 [no object] (Of a person or animal) have severe difficulty in breathing because of a constricted or obstructed throat or a lack of air: Willie choked on a mouthful of teaMore example sentences
- My heart leapt into my throat and I practically choked on it.
- Alex's voice got stuck in her throat and she nearly choked on nothing.
- She woke, and as the cry died in her throat, she almost choked on it.
- 1.1 [with object] Cause (a person or animal) to choke: the toys contained parts that could choke a very young childMore example sentences
- The dog snapped its jaws open and closed inches from Rae's face and he could smell the animal's fetid breath, choking him, causing him to gag.
- I would wake up fighting and trying to prevent someone from choking me.
- Sometimes referred to as a chain or choke chain collar, if used properly it should never choke your dog.
- 1.2 [with object] Prevent (a plant) from growing by depriving it of light, air, or nourishment: the bracken will choke the wild gladiolusMore example sentences
- Could you suggest a strategy for choking the weeds and getting the field to a pure stand of timothy or a mixture good for horses?
- In a SAC area if a farmer wishes to kill off the ivy that is choking his trees or menacing his buildings, he is not free to do so.
- In most of the urban areas, the avenue trees are choked to death as the tree base is completely covered by concrete slabs, leaving little space for aeration.
- 1.3 [with object] Prevent or inhibit the occurrence or development of: higher rates of interest choke off investment demandMore example sentences
- ‘This will no doubt become a factor choking the future development of the local real estate market,’ Hua said.
- The noxious weed of clericalism has choked the development of a people's church.
- Apart from choking growth in Germany, this increase had the unwelcome consequence of launching the euro at an inappropriately high level.
- 1.4 [no object] • informal (In sports) fail to perform at a crucial point of a game or contest as a result of nervousness: we were the only team not to choke when it came to the crunchMore example sentences
- The Eagles are another team I predicted would choke, and they haven't thus far.
- When they choke, most athletes prefer that no one notices, that the world sees it as a defeat unbesmirched by an inner surrender.
- For years, Olson presided over talented teams that were notorious for choking in big games.
- 2 [with object] Fill (a space) so as to make movement difficult or impossible: the roads were choked with trafficMore example sentences
- Roads into the village were choked with traffic heading for the ever-popular event, which lined The Borough from end to end.
- ‘The area is already choked with traffic but there is no solution to that in these plans,’ said Mr. Mayling.
- The town is choked with traffic daily and the situation on the Northern bank holiday weekend really put the tin hat on things.
- 3 [with object] Make (someone) speechless with a strong feeling or emotion: he was choked with furyMore example sentences
- People were choked with emotion from the start; they had come back to the spot where they had seen brothers, sisters, parents and friends die.
- The unmistakable, overwhelming miasma of emotion that choked him and even threatened to stifle Rena too… it was guilt.
- At the funeral mass all his young friends were choked with emotion as all the beautiful tributes were read out.
- 3.1 (usually be choked up) Cause (someone) to feel tearful or extremely upset: I was so choked up I started crying and couldn’t sing any more [no object]: I just choked up reading itMore example sentences
- C'mon, I dare you to listen without choking up just a little.
- It was an overwhelming, mournful piece then when the city was still in shock; yesterday, I found myself choking up repeatedly and involuntarily as I walked around it.
- Two years after losing my best friend to leukemia, I could finally smile at all the memories, instead of choking up.
- 3.2Suppress a strong emotion or the expression of such an emotion: Liz was choking back her angerMore example sentences
- By the end, you are left, like the lady from Flint, choking back tears of pain and fury.
- The answer is nothing, but even if there was something to say, it would not have been able to come out of my mouth because I was choking back tears.
- His voice sounded shaky, like he was choking back tears, but once he caught his bearings, he pressed his palm softly to my hair and bent to kiss my cheek.
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- 1A valve in the carburettor of a petrol engine that is used to reduce the amount of air in the fuel mixture when the engine is started: an automatic choke [mass noun]: too much choke does not helpMore example sentences
- They are used in a wide variety of applications, including throttle cables, emergency brakes, chokes and air intakes.
- TKS uses a redesigned carburetor with an automatic fuel enrichment system instead of a traditional choke.
- If the vehicle sees cold, hot, wet, and dry duty as well as on-track action, the carb should have a choke and vacuum secondaries.
- 1.1A knob which controls the choke in a carburettor: he pulled the choke out to its full extentMore example sentences
- They would opt to have their vehicles maintained and repaired, resulting in an increased demand for spare parts including tires, batteries, and chokes.
- I'd rather have a manual choke than an automatic choke, though.
- Indeed, even if you drove an old Mini everywhere in first gear with the choke full out and the handbrake on, you barely saw the inside of a petrol station from one year to the next.
- 2A narrowed part of a shotgun bore near the muzzle, serving to restrict the spread of the shot: many guns may not have the right choke a full choke gunMore example sentences
- When you're buying a used shotgun or a shotgun without removable chokes, don't believe the choke designation on any barrel until it has been measured with a bore gauge.
- For most 12-gauges shooting lead shot, turkey chokes have IDs of.665 -.640.
- Because hard steel shot lacks the easy flowing characteristics of lead shot through forcing cones and tight chokes, older guns could not handle it without some damage to their barrels.
- 3An inductance coil used to smooth the variations of an alternating current or to alter its phase.More example sentences
- They are widely used in transformers for the electrical power industry and for transformers, chokes, and other components in the electronics industry.
- The HX1148 module features a centre-tapped inductor on the transmit channel for the most EMI-sensitive applications, while the HX1178 has both chokes on the media side.
- Mobile phones, computers, electronic chokes and a model helicopter are some of the things that will be dismantled and assembled for the children.
- 4An act or the sound of a person or animal having difficulty in breathing: a little choke of laughterMore example sentences
- He laughed softly, the sound more like a choke than a pleasurable noise.
- But her tears were not escorted with chokes or quick breaths, like before.
- The light shone over the man's features, and Connolly breathed a horrible choke.
Middle English: from Old English ācēocian (verb), from cēoce (see cheek).
- The inedible mass of silky fibres at the centre of a globe artichoke.More example sentences
- Cut the artichokes in half and remove the hairy inner choke and any hard leaves, leaving only the tender base.
- Beat the artichokes gently with your hand so that they open just enough for you to see if there is any choke.
- With a sharp silver teaspoon scrape out the choke, which would later have become the beautiful purple flower if left on the bush.
late 17th century: probably a confusion of the ending of artichoke with choke1.