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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHOKING

But I could not speak; I could only gape, choking and giddy.

How long do you suppose, sir, that an hour is to a man who is choking for want of air?'

He tried to loosen his neck-band; it seemed to be choking him.

(aside to her son) Choking the cratur is with the words he can't get out.

Choking, he managed with numbed fingers to screw his helmet on.

Wilbert felt very much like choking with vexation and grief.

The silence of the garden was broken now by a distant, choking snore.

Sputtering and choking for breath, Rawson came to the surface.

Choking for air, I felt the pressure relax and scrambled to my knees.

She felt as if she were choking somehow, and removed the foulard that she wore about her neck.

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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