choke back

choke back
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohk bak]
    • /tʃoʊk bæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [chohk bak]
    • /tʃoʊk bæk/

Definitions of choke back words

  • phrasal verb choke back If you choke back tears or a strong emotion, you force yourself not to show your emotion. 3
  • verb choke back to suppress (anger, tears, etc) 3
  • noun choke back to hold back (feelings, sobs, etc.) 3
  • verb with object choke back to stop the breath of by squeezing or obstructing the windpipe; strangle; stifle. 1
  • verb with object choke back to stop by or as if by strangling or stifling: The sudden wind choked his words. 1
  • verb with object choke back to stop by filling; obstruct; clog: Grease choked the drain. 1

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Origin of choke back

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English choken, cheken, variant of achoken, acheken, Old English ācēocian to suffocate; akin to Old Norse kōk gullet

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Parts of speech for Choke back


choke back popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

choke back usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for choke back

verb choke back

  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • prevent — to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
  • inhibit — to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).
  • confine — To confine something to a particular place or group means to prevent it from spreading beyond that place or group.
  • detain — When people such as the police detain someone, they keep them in a place under their control.

Antonyms for choke back

verb choke back

  • aid — Aid is money, equipment, or services that are provided for people, countries, or organizations who need them but cannot provide them for themselves.
  • assist — If you assist someone, you help them to do a job or task by doing part of the work for them.
  • permit — to allow to do something: Permit me to explain.
  • liberate — to set free, as from imprisonment or bondage.
  • release — to lease again.

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