choke up

phrasal verb

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

Examples of choke up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When sharing the news on CBS, the golf icon got choked up. Nasha Smith, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 The movie’s star, Michael Keaton, had filming abruptly shut down so Dunne could leave to be with his family, a story that Dunne still gets choked up recounting during our interview. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 At the documentary’s Feb. 13 screening in Los Angeles, Lopez choked up thanking her husband in a speech that acknowledged his discomfort with the spotlight. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Advertisement Tarango chokes up on the phone when reminiscing about the sacrifices made by his mother and other elders in order to assert the tribe’s right to chart its own destiny. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2024 Before introducing Testerman, career educator and first lady Jill Biden choked up when describing President Biden’s record. Arthur Jones Ii, ABC News, 2 May 2024 Similarly, a hammer drill delivers the same thrusts but is designed for drilling through tough materials that could choke up a normal cordless drill. Matt Jancer, WIRED, 25 Apr. 2024 Looking back on that night, Emily can’t help but still get a little choked up. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2024 Another said he got choked up over the film’s scenes depicting Oppenheimer’s inner turmoil. Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2024

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“Choke up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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