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choke up

Definition of choke up

  1. 1 :  to have trouble talking because of crying or strong emotion <He chokes up whenever he tries to talk about the accident.>

  2. 2 baseball :  to move one's hands to a higher position on a baseball bat —often + on <He choked up on the bat and took a short swing.>



Word by Word Definitions

chokeplay
  1. :  to check or block normal breathing of by compressing or obstructing the trachea or by poisoning or adulterating available air

    :  to check or hinder the growth, development, or activity of

    :  to obstruct by filling up or clogging

  1. :  the filamentous inedible center of an artichoke flower head

    :  an artichoke flower head

    : :  something that obstructs passage or flow: as

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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