Chew your food well so you don't choke.
We were choking on fumes.
The thick smoke was choking me.
The flowers were choked by the weeds.
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One goal with My Mama, Cass was finally putting any ridiculous myths to bed, including the rumor that Elliot died after choking on a ham sandwich.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 14 Nov. 2023 The building choked with cooking smells, decaying trash and human waste.—John Eligon, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 California Video shows high school football player being choked, whipped in Los Osos locker room
Nov. 1, 2023
Three patients at the scene on the 6500 block of North Cedros Avenue were identified only as teenage boys, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange.—Terry Castleman, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 He was once accused of choking player Neil Reed during a practice, and of throwing a chair during a Purdue game.—Jaden Thompson, Variety, 1 Nov. 2023 Salmon evolved to swim and spawn in cold, free-flowing rivers that the dams choked into warm, stagnant lakes, full of bass and other invasive predators.—Tony Schick, ProPublica, 31 Oct. 2023 Years ago, plant biologists noticed that trinitrotoluene (TNT, an explosive) builds up in root tissues, choking plants.—WIRED, 30 Oct. 2023 In May, 2007, Albrecht was arrested for choking his girlfriend in the parking lot of a Las Vegas hotel, and resigned.—Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 Something to be aware of is the amount of small pieces in these kits, which can easily become choking hazards.—Julia Pelly, Parents, 24 Oct. 2023
For a choke, go no tighter than Modified and err on the side of a wider choke—Improved being the ideal constriction.—Matthew Every, Field & Stream, 18 Oct. 2023 Staley has attributed the postseason choke job in Jacksonville to a lack of experience and said his team would learn from it.—Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 But as likable as Fowler is, there's still the choke factor.—Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 18 June 2023 That resulted in an argument from others at the scene who said the girl had been seizing and said food in her mouth could become a choke hazard.—Ashley Killough, CNN, 15 Aug. 2023 The Redwoods Rising thinning project, which began in 2020 and involves an annual budget of $10 to $12 million, is also tackling the aftermath of unbridled helicopter reseeding by the timber industry that created the choke of subsequent redwood and Douglas fir forests of today.—Jim Robbins Ian C. Bates, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 In 1961, the Beetle's transmission becomes fully synchronized, and an automatic choke and a pump-type windshield washer system are fitted.—Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, 31 Aug. 2023 Penny used a blood choke to kill Jordan Neely, and furthermore, Penny locked his choke—placing his hand on the back of Neely’s head as a fulcrum, a step that increases its effectiveness.—Alex Thomas, The New Republic, 9 June 2023 With simple electric start buttons and no need for refueling or pulling chokes, electric lawn mowers are much easier to use than gas models, too.—Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 July 2023 See More
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Verb and Noun
Middle English, alteration of achoken, from Old English ācēocian, from ā-, perfective prefix + cēoce, cēace jaw, cheek — more at abide, cheek