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  • v  breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
    She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband
  • v  be too tight; rub or press
  • v  wring the neck of
    The man choked his opponent
  • v  constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  • v  struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  • v  fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
    The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience
  • v  check or slow down the action or effect of
    She choked her anger
  • v  become or cause to become obstructed
  • v  impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
  • v  become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
  • v  suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
  • v  pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
  • v  reduce the air supply
  • v  cause to retch or choke
  • s  stopped up; clogged up
    streets choked with traffic

  • Imelda's dancing partner at countless parties, he testified in a voice choked with emotion, "When my brother died, my mother wanted to commit suicide.
  • Mostly they're entertaining, bumping and meandering their way around a room like a Star Wars droid, occasionally beeping "uh-oh" to let you know it has choked itself on speaker .
  • As a 24-year-old reporter in Mexico City, Jorge Ramos felt choked by more than just the capital's notorious smog.
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  • Barack Obama in Denver Post
    I've got to tell you, I choked up a little bit leaving my house today,Obama told reporters aboard a government 757 plane typically used by vice presidents and first ladies.
  • Andrew Bynum in The Associated Press
    It's rare that you see an NBA game won by one six-point run and that's kind of what happened,Bynum said. "The whole game was real slow, real nasty. We had the lead and we kind of, so to speak, choked."
  • Serena Williams in Bloomberg
    I am happy to pull it out, it was really close,Williams said. "I knew I had to get in the lead so if I choked, I had some points to choke on."

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