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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHOKE

The touch, the choke in her voice, brought about Viviette's downfall.

I am weary of the earth-damps; they burden me; they choke me!

Cornelius was in fits of laughter, which he scarcely tried to choke.

If we don't do something, I'll go in and choke the truth out of that old reprobate.

I have been running, and the words seem to choke me as I speak.

He had a respect for his master, but he wished the Yorkshire cake might choke him.

Her tears flowed again in such abundance as to choke her utterance.

That the first mouthful may choke me that I ever ate of his paying for!

But she had soon put it down again, for it seemed to choke her.

The choke of the motor and then its full-throated roar were sweet to his ears.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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