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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
References in classic literature ?
But I haven't got anything now to remember him by." And she choked back a little sob.
He drew his arms tightly over his bosom, and choked back the bitter tears, and tried to pray.
"Oh, Davy!" Anne choked back an unholy shriek of laughter.
ANDREW JOHNSTON choked back the tears after his Scottish Open charge booked an Open spot and marked another step on the road to recovery from his mental-health hell.
I choked back tears reading Ben Goldsmith's tweet after his 15-year-old daughter Iris was killed in a quad bike accident, pleading with God to bring his "beautiful, brilliant, kind little girl back".
The couple, joined by April's elder siblings Harley and Jazmin, choked back the tears as a digger smashed Bridger's rented cottage to pieces.
MICHAEL DOYLE choked back tears when Paul Hartley left Alloa for Dundee.
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 3.3 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd) over an 11 hour flow period.
And she later choked back tears as she sang Abide With Me, dedicating the performance to O'Neill's memory.