choke out

phrasal verb

choked out; choking out; chokes out
: to say (something) with difficulty because of strong emotion
She tearfully choked out an apology.
He just managed to choke a reply out.

Examples of choke out in a Sentence

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“Choke out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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