choke back

phrasal verb

choked back; choking back; chokes back
: to have difficulty not showing or expressing (tears, rage, anger, etc.)
He was choking back tears as he talked about his late wife.
She struggled to choke back her anger as she listened to their criticisms.

Examples of choke back in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Best Photos from Cannes 2024, Updated Daily Celebs Overcome with Emotion The festival started on an emotional note when Juliette Binoche failed to choke back tears while presenting Meryl Streep with the honorary Palme d’Or at the opening ceremony. Carita Rizzo, Peoplemag, 25 May 2024 Kelly choked back tears after leaving the courtroom. Sarah Lapidus, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2024 The crooner continued to share details about the bar, while the CNN anchor had to move away from the camera, choking back tears from laughter. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Chu became visibly emotional before introducing his leading ladies, choking back tears as Platt touched him on the shoulder. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 11 Apr. 2024 Myers choked back tears as his daughters spoke on the public address system. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 7 Mar. 2024 Then, the father-of-three choked back tears and searched for his family, including Kylie and dad Ed Kelce in the stands. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 6 Mar. 2024 Jurors choked back tears and stifled gasps as Deputy Dist. Sonja Sharp, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The American dream In August 2022, Ms. Zhang took the witness stand, choking back sobs as Ms. Chen read a statement in English on her behalf. Amy Qin, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024

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“Choke back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choke%20back. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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