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choke back

To try to keep from expelling something, such as words or tears. A noun or pronoun can be used between "choke" and "back." I choked back a question about her boyfriend as soon as I remembered that they had broken up. I didn't feel sick until after the ceremony had started, so I had to choke back vomit the entire time.
See also: back, choke

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.
See also: back, choke

choke back

Suppress, as in He choked back his tears. [Late 1800s]
See also: back, choke

choke back

v.
To suppress or hold something back, especially with great effort: I choked back tears as I told my family the sad news.
See also: back, choke
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CHRIS Evans choked back tears on his Radio 2 show to pay tribute to the jet pilot killed at a motor show.
His parents choked back tears in the public gallery as he was remanded in custody by Chelmsford magistrates.
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MURDER accused Lisa Palmer choked back tears as she appeared in court over the death of Jamie Belshaw.
McConaughey choked back tears while thanking his family on Sunday, saying that the courage and significance that his family gave him every day to go out the door is unparalleled.
Summary: Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's tough exterior cracked on Wednesday as she choked back .
As has been reported previously, elements of the flowback equipment are rated to 121 degrees celcius, therefore the initial flowback from these deep vertical wells must be choked back to stay within recommended operating conditions.
SAM WARBURTON choked back tears after his sending off cost Wales a World Cup final spot.
A DVD of the autumn event, filmed by Elaine Kinsella, of Toxteth TV, was presented to Ms Baird as she choked back tears.
The well has been subsequently choked back to 52/64 inches and delivered a stabilised average rate of 4,600 bopd and 3.
And she later choked back tears as she sang Abide With Me, dedicating the performance to O'Neill's memory.
Rachel Stevens, Tom Chambers and Lisa Snowdon choked back tears and hugged each other before doing a bizarre "celebratory" dance.
The boyfriend of 25-year-old victim Leanne Moore choked back tears this afternoon as he talked about the love of his life.
The pair choked back tears at St John's church in Wakefield as they spoke of the happy times the family have shared.
Standing before an assortment of fire equipment in the shadows of City Hall, a stoic Bamattre choked back his own emotions and told a crowd of more than 300, gathered to honor him, that it was time to move on.