choke back

(redirected from chokes back)

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 periodicals archive ?
Chris Tarrant (above) chokes back tears of nostalgia as he recalls memorable moments from the classic quiz show which inspired the hit film Slumdog Millionaire.
With her mother for support, she bravely reads out OB's eulogy at Max's funeral and chokes back tears as friends and family say their goodbyes to their friend.
WINNING TOUCH: Darren Clarke, left, chokes back the tears as he and Ian Woosnam salute the fans on Sunday
In Fashion Victim's most moving passage, D'Amico, who lived and worked with Versace for 15 years, chokes back tears while talking about losing his lover.
A gaunt, wide-eyed wraith who chokes back her rage and fear at severe personal cost, she makes even a simple act like cutting up dinner vegetables look like a desperate exercise in physical and emotional self-control.
KATE McCann chokes back tears as she tells a TV interviewer: "I feel in my heart Madeleine's still alive.