One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Christopher gulped and started to choke’
gag, retch, cough, struggle for air, fight for breath, gasp
2‘thick clouds of dust choked her’
suffocate, asphyxiate, smother, stifle
3‘she had been choked to death when her necklace snagged on overhanging branches’
4‘sections of guttering were choked with leaves and other debris’
clog, clog up, bung up, block, obstruct, stop up, silt up, plug, dam up
informal gunge up
technical occlude, obturate
‘he choked back his tears’
suppress, hold back, fight back, bite back, gulp back, swallow, check, keep in check, restrain, contain, control, repress, smother, stifle, curb, bridle, rein in
bite one's lip
keep a lid on, keep the lid on
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