choke up

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : to obstruct by filling up or clogging

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

  2. : something that obstructs passage or flow: such as

  3. : a valve for choking (see 1choke 3) a gasoline engine

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. 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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