choke up

phrasal verb
choked up; choking up; chokes up

Definition of choke up

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

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