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Again that frightful silence, then she was trying to choke back the sobs.

"You were a fool," said David, trying to choke back his eagerness.

After they had said it, they had difficulty to choke back their sobs.

But the figure in the bed, without answer, buried itself face down in the covers, striving to choke back the sobs.

"But somebody must go and fight, little sister," he said, as soon as he could choke back his tears.

Tears stood in their eyes, and more than one bold fellow had hard work to choke back a sob.

Grant, though in a fume of hot anger, had the good sense to choke back the first impetuous reprimand trembling on his lips.

Fanny was determined to choke back that feeling of uneasiness which had worried her during the whole of that day.

His sluggish mind wrestled, trying to choke back the incredible doubt.

He seemed to feel himself highly honored, but Browning had hard work to choke back his absolute contempt for the fellow.

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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