Synonyms for choke up

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They are weeds in the mind that choke up the beautiful flowers of thought.

The sound of the trumpets made him choke up like a homesick boy.

He appeared to choke up a little, and gave a swift glance over his shoulder at the yellow landmark above.

Blinding drifts sweep over the moors, and choke up the paths of the forest.

Whole forests of timber are drifted down the stream, and choke up the channels between the islands at its mouth.

I cried again, trying not to choke up with the sudden sense of deprivation that was battering my heart to pieces.

All they could do was to look off at the city and the view in the distance, and choke up, and look sorry about something.

It touched my heart, in some way, and threatened to bring a choke up into my foolish old throat.

Choke up that aperture, and what a terrible convulsion would ensue, as the accumulated steam burst its prison walls!

She began to choke up day before yesterday, just after you passed on the down trip.


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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.