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  • n  a condition caused by blocking the airways to the lungs (as with food or swelling of the larynx)
  • n  the act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe
    no evidence that the choking was done by the accused
  • v  breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
  • v  be too tight; rub or press
    This neckband is choking the cat
  • v  wring the neck of
  • 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
  • v  check or slow down the action or effect of
  • 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

  • Apologizing to his wife and four sons and choking up repeatedly, Sanford said he'd spent "the last five days of my life crying in Argentina," and had now ended the year-long .
  • Vanishing species, melting glaciers, choking pollution for the last few decades, it's been more like covering crime than wandering through the wildflowers.
  • In a blogosphere choking on its own partisan entrees, The Daily Dish is a welcome meal that's good for you.
News & Articles


  • Barney Frank in International Herald Tribune
    We were the EMTs rushing to the rescue of an economy that suddenly found itself choking, but now we have to perform more serious reform,Frank said.
  • Pascal Lamy in BusinessWeek
    The use of protectionist measures is on the rise,Lamy said. "The risk is increasing of such measures choking off trade as an engine of recovery. We must be vigilant because we know that restricting imports only leads your trade partner to...
  • Jim McCrery in USA Today
    Democrats are quietly but very assuredly paving the way for a massive, economy-choking, tax increase,said Rep. Jim McCrery, R-La.

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