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choke down

To swallow something with difficulty, often because it tastes bad or is cumbersome. A noun or pronoun can be used between "choke" and "down." I didn't know that Lexie was a terrible cook until I had to choke down some of the disgusting stew she'd made. I couldn't choke down any of those pills—they're just too big!
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choke something down

to eat something, even though it is hard to swallow or tastes bad. The cough medicine tasted terrible, but I managed to choke it down. She choked down four of those pills all at once.
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References in classic literature ?
Trent turned his back upon him in a fit of passion which choked down all speech.
Already Elzbieta had choked down her tears, grief being crowded out of her soul by fear.
'He has told me.' Mahbub choked down his touch of spleen and rose laughing.
He has had injuries, the yips and he has choked down the stretch, so he spoke from experience when he talked on Sunday at a major championship about what it takes to get to the finish line.
More than once, we choked down an overcooked dinner because we got caught up in watching the fire.
It was Geisler's 'lame' remark that ticked off Matos, who choked down Geisler as URCC people tried to interfere.
Roads that are already chronically congested are being choked down even further to form 'cycle superhighways'.
Like the liquid colonoscopy prep, Tulia water can only be choked down straight from the refrigerator.
The stitched ends are covered in clear heat shrink to provide added protection and easy visual inspection, while allowing the short loop end of the prusik to be choked down so it bites onto the karabiner, keeping it under tension in the correct orientation.
"During my collegiate career at Pitt, I choked down a lot of protein bars.
Yet they rally around Boehner as much as ever, affirming his hold on the speakership Wednesday even as they choked down a Democratic-crafted bill to reopen the government, lift the debt ceiling and give Republicans only a few small concessions.
Early in 2Q 2012, a number of older wells were choked down to minimise possible production of sand; that had an impact on the oil flow from these wells.
As we talked over old times at dinner, we could hear the distant rumble of the mighty jets as they took off into the night sky, and we choked down the emotion.
Steven Magee, 29, choked down every morsel of the six-and-a-half pound, 7500-calorie Big One.
The well has been choked down to preserve the reservoir and produces steady about 1,000 bopd.