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choke something back
to fight hard to keep something from coming out of one's mouth, such as sobs, tears, angry words, vomit, etc. I tried to choke the unpleasant words back, but I could not. She choked back her grief, but it came forth nonetheless. I could hardly choke my tears back.
Suppress, as in He choked back his tears. [Late 1800s]
To suppress or hold something back, especially with great effort: I choked back tears as I told my family the sad news.