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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 ?
He closed the door behind him, and then he stood with clenched hands and heaving breast, choking down some overmastering emotion.
While the NVA troops survive on rice and political fervor, the marines move about sick with fatigue, choking down foul, chemically laced water, and cramming down C-rations.
He was a good man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather," she said, choking down sobs.
The US-based Brit experimented this week by choking down on the longest club in his bag and using it like a putter from the fringe.
I mean, when you've got 7-pounders choking down a spinner-bait .
PARTY guy Lou (Corddry) attempts to commit suicide by choking down exhaust fumes in his garage and childhood pals Adam (Cusack) and Nick (Robinson) rush to his hospital bedside.
8 (5) HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (15) PARTY guy Lou (Rob Corddry) attempts to commit suicide by choking down exhaust fumes in his garage, and childhood pals Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) rush to his hospital bedside.
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (15) PARTY guy Lou (Rob Corddry) tries to commit suicide by choking down exhaust fumes in his garage, and childhood pals Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) rush to his hospital bedside.
Party guy Lou (Corddry) attempts to commit suicide by choking down exhaust fumes, and childhood pals Adam (Cusack) and Nick (Robinson) rush to his hospital bedside.
Redknapp's thoroughbred gee-gee, named Arry's Orse, had to pull out of yesterday's 2,000 Guineas because of a persistent cough - but there seems little chance of his football team choking down the home straight after a Tom Huddlestone thunderbolt earned three crucial points.
For Kouzmanoff, the trials came choking down a few delicacies.
Well, I did, and after hurdling the psychological barrier and embarrassment--and choking down a whole lot of crow--I began to reap the practical benefits of speed and economy.
But after battling fatigue, pain and choking down more than 50 mealworms, Sergeant Raethel didn't hesitate to say no.
They looked pretty irritated with us when they were choking down our seed.